To become a shared lives carer you need to be assessed and approved by a scheme which is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The application process can take 3 to 6 months. It includes:
- home visits
- a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check
- a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure at enhanced level
- health and safety checks
You don’t need to have any experience of caring, but you need to be committed to improving other people’s lives. Training and support is provided for carers under the shared lives scheme.
If you are interested in becoming a shared lives carer, call the shared lives service:
Tel: (01482) 881144