We all like to
plan for our future Get a good a job
– maybe get married and have kids But if you’re caring for a disabled child, you may find yourself going down a different life path So remaining in paid work can be quite challenging A lack of affordable care suitable for your child An inflexible schedule of appointments. Finding yourself in a challenging situation can lead many parents into working less hours than they would choose, in lower-paid work Or leaving work entirely. This can lead to feeling cut off stressed financially and feeling unable to return to work at a later point, having lost skills and the opportunity for promotion and career progression. However — there are options to help you return to work quickly or stay working. When you need time off there’s Parental Leave and Emergency Leave for Dependants Or when you need to alter the way you work there’s the Right to Request Flexible Working. Using one – or a combination of these employment rights might help you stay in your current job while caring for your child. This can help maintain employability deal with financial concerns and your social networks. You can also check out your child’s eligibility for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments You will receive these whether you are in work or not. If you are in work, then Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit could help you stay in work. Parents of disabled children tell Working Families that knowing their rights can help them combine paid work and caring for their child. To help, we have set up the “Waving not Drowning Network,” providing regular communications and a dedicated Advice Service which supports parents of disabled children who want to stay in paid work. So remember — if your life’s plan hits some twists and turns, Working Families’ advice, can help you along your journey.