What We Do

Specialist Support Workers

In-home respite and practical support

Trauma-responsive childcare and respite are hard to find. We know that the right kind of practical support at home can make a huge difference to your resilience as a family.

The Belay Foundation has specialist knowledge in this area. We can train and support Specialist Support Workers to come to your home and spend time with your children. You can use this time to rest, work or spend 1:1 time if you have more than one child. We can help you work out what you need, offer you advice, and prepare a bespoke worker introduction program for your family.

Workers are offered training developed for those working with trauma including safeguarding, developmental trauma and professional boundaries, as well as ongoing supervision. We recruit individuals with emotional maturity, commitment and a strong desire to learn about the impacts of trauma. The most important thing is that the Specialist Support Worker enhances your relationship with your children.

Your parent-child bond is the most important factor in your child’s recovery and everything we do strives to enhance and support your relationship.

Please note, due to limited capacity we are currently unable to accept new requests for Specialist Support Workers. Please keep checking back for updates.

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Applying For Disability Benefits

New Campaign Launched

We want everyone parenting a child who has been through the care system to know about the existence of Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment.

Applying for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Carers’ Allowance (CA) can help families in many ways, including funding training, support, therapy, aids, appliances and special clothes or foods – as well as help families handle some of the complex difficulties that can arise from living with early life trauma and challenges.

We also know the paperwork is daunting.

From personal experience and professional training, we know how to communicate care needs resulting from early trauma … and we want to help.

To find out more about DLA sign up for our free 30 minute video. If you’re ready to write an application and would like help going
through each question at a time to suit you, we have a DLA Support Pack: 

Network Training & Peer Support

Support for you - and those around you

Getting support for you, your family and friends, and for your broader support network, can be a real challenge. 

The Belay Foundation want to help. As trained and experienced professionals who also, crucially, walk the talk every day – yes we are parents living with early life trauma ourselves – we will work with you as parents regularly to provide you with the opportunity to share the burden, the support to lean on someone else (even an hour can make such a difference), and the confidential, safe space to explore both the wonders and the challenges of family life.

Having family and friends who “get it” can also be the difference between feeling like you are surviving and feeling like you aren’t. We will help you to bridge that gap – help your network understand a bit about trauma, see life through your lens, and appreciate that little more both the wondrousness and the challenges your children bring to daily life.

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