Shared Lives

Approving and matching Shared Lives carers

All Shared Lives carers are subject to an approval process after applying.

When you apply, we will assign a Shared Lives worker to you. They will take you through each stage of the process over the phone and answer any questions you might have. If you want to proceed we'll arrange to come and see you at home.

The approval process includes:

  • Assessing your suitability
  • Checking references
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service check

Before we make any placements, carers are also required to complete some mandatory training.

Following this process, we pass all the information to an independent panel. They will make the final approval decision.

Matching you with a customer

We always try to match you with a person you can get along with. This is based on your interests, the kind of person you want to support and the support needs of the customer. We also try to match people who have similar cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Your Shared Lives worker will carry out the matching process with you.