What We Do

Specialist Support Workers

In-home respite and practical support

Trauma-informed 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 find, train and supervise 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 take care of all aspects of recruitment including pre-employment checks, employment paperwork and preparing 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.

Applying For Disability Benefits

Help With Paperwork

Applying for Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Carers’ Allowance 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.

We are therefore piloting over the next few weeks our new DLA support videos. Our aim is launch properly after Christmas – but in the meantime if you would like to be part of our pilot (for free, all we ask is for feedback and a donation if you feel able) please get in touch.

Email us at and put “DLA Pilot” in the subject, or use the contact form below. We will send you over all the details in return.

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.

Find out more by emailing us at, or use the Contact Form below.


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