Families and carers

Family carers of people with a learning disability receive little help or recognition, and many have to fight for the support they do receive.

Most families of children and adults with a learning disability do not get any form of short break and many have been at breaking point.

Photo of a man and childMany people with a learning disability live in the family home throughout their adult life and receive no support to move out until their parents are very old or die. 

Thousands of people with a learning disability are also parents themselves. They can be good parents if they get the right support at the right time - but often it is not there. As a result, parents with a learning disability are more likely to have their children taken away from them.

Mencap believes that all families and carers must have access to good short break services so they don't reach breaking point, that carers' rights must be respected - and they must be given the support they need.

We also believe all parents with a learning disability should receive proper support for themselves and their children.


 

Carer's rights

Across the country, carers continue to support people with a learning disability with little or no help or recognition.

Parents with a learning disability

People with a learning disability can be good parents if they get the right support at the right time, but often that support is not there. 

Mandy's story

I reached breaking point one Monday morning in January.

Breaking point

8 out of 10 parents and carers have reached breaking point as a result of not getting the help and support they need. We are campaigning to make sure all families to have a minimum level of short breaks.