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Family placement – Services for disabled children and their families

Family placement offers care to disabled children in their own homes or in the homes of approved carers. The service offers flexible care that is tailored to meet the needs of the child and their family.

We offer services to children and young people with physical disability, learning disability or sensory impairment.

This is provided through short breaks ranging from a few hours, day care, regular weekends or longer periods. The family placement service also offers emergency care. 


All our services are provided by approved family placement carers and include:

  • Sitting and care in the child’s home  
  • Overnight short breaks and day care provided in the homes of our family placement carers
  • Fostering where a disabled child is not able to live with their own family


There is no charge for family placement services but you must live in the Leeds catchment area.


If you are a parent or carer for a disabled child and would like to find out more about our services you can contact us:

  • Short Breaks Service      0113 247 8934
  • Sitting Service                0113 247 8584
  • Leeds Contact Centre     0113 222 4403


If you are interested in becoming a family placement carer and would like more information please visit the Adopt for Leeds / Foster for Leeds website using the link provided on this page. 

What is sitting and care in the child’s home?

An approved and fully trained family placement carer will provide care and activities in the family home. The parent can choose to stay in, take a break or go out. This can be during the day, the evening or at weekends. By agreement, the sitter may take the child out to local parks and amenities and can also provide care for other children present in the household. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. The basic allocation is two hours a week. This can be increased for up to four hours a week following assessment using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). Where your child has multiple and complex needs more help may be available from our complex needs service.

What is an overnight short break?

After an initial introduction your child can go and stay with one of our carers and their family in their home. This can be overnight, a weekend, a week and sometimes more. Stays are carefully planned with parents and carers. The carer will be matched to meet your child’s needs with a view to building a supportive relationship. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. The basic allocation is 36 days a year though this can be increased if you have extra needs. To receive this service an assessment is undertaken by a social worker.

What is day care?

Following an introduction your child will spend regular days (this could be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or by arrangement).Stays are carefully planned with parents and carers. The carer will be matched to meet your child’s needs with a view to building a supportive relationship. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. Allocation will be based on your child’s needs.

What is sitting and care in the child’s home?

An approved and fully trained family placement carer will provide care and activities in the family home. The parent can choose to stay in, take a break or go out. This can be during the day, the evening or at weekends. By agreement, the sitter may take the child out to local parks and amenities and can also provide care for other children present in the household. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. The basic allocation is two hours a week. This can be increased for up to four hours a week following assessment using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). Where your child has multiple and complex needs more help may be available from our complex needs service.

What is an overnight short break?

After an initial introduction your child can go and stay with one of our carers and their family in their home. This can be overnight, a weekend, a week and sometimes more. Stays are carefully planned with parents and carers. The carer will be matched to meet your child’s needs with a view to building a supportive relationship. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. The basic allocation is 36 days a year though this can be increased if you have extra needs. To receive this service an assessment is undertaken by a social worker.

What is day care?

Following an introduction your child will spend regular days (this could be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or by arrangement).Stays are carefully planned with parents and carers. The carer will be matched to meet your child’s needs with a view to building a supportive relationship. Our carers can be trained to administer medication or nursing procedures. Allocation will be based on your child’s needs.