Do siblings matter too?

Written by Family Fund and University of PortsmouthDate 27 Nov 2015

A new joint report from Family Fund and the University of Portsmouth reveals the impact a disabled brother or sister has on a child or young person, showing their experience first-hand through photographs.

This report highlights a number of key themes for siblings, ranging from elements of a typical sibling relationship to issues of lack of time, experience of aggression, violence and emotional upset.

Data taken from over 2,000 Family Fund assessments contributed to the report, in which the key findings show:

  • Siblings are often overlooked and their needs often ignored by policy makers and service providers.

  • Siblings are not identified by local authorities and schools.

  • Few siblings are being supported by agencies such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) or Young Carer groups and it would be of benefit if access to these and similar services, could be made more widely available.