Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings.
Siblings have a lifelong need for information, they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. They also want to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care and support.
Adult sibling support groups
The adult sibling groups that we currently support are for siblings of people with a life-long learning disability or autism. We recognise that this group of siblings share many similar life-long emotional experiences. Many also face similar challenges around the long-term care and support of their brother or sister.
See the following webpage for more information: https://www.sibs.org.uk/support-for-adult-siblings/adult-sibling-support-groups/
Are you a parent of a young sibling, a professional working with young siblings, or a sibling group leader? These pages will give you more information on how you can support young siblings at home, through your work with families and at school.
For more information please click the following link: https://www.sibs.org.uk/supporting-young-siblings/
Who is YoungSibs for?
YoungSibs is for children and young people who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. It is for siblings in the UK aged 6 to 17.
How can I get information on the YoungSibs website?
- You can read the pages for siblings about different disabilities
- You can find out how to cope with your feelings as a sibling
- You can learn tips for siblings for dealing with difficult situations
- You can find out how siblings can enjoy family life
For more information please click the following link: https://www.youngsibs.org.uk/info/
Sibs Talk pilot
Sibs Talk is a one-to-one support intervention for pupils in Key Stage 2 who are growing up with a brother or sister who is disabled or has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. We are currently able to pilot it free for a limited number of primary schools.
Many schools are working with pupils who are having problems at school because of their sibling experiences. Sibs Talk has been specifically designed, in consultation with siblings and schools, to help your school support these siblings.
What is Sibs Talk?
Sibs Talk is a one-to-one support intervention for school staff to use with siblings in Key Stage 2. Its purpose is to improve siblings’ wellbeing and their engagement with learning. It is an activity booklet where each page is a short session for the sibling to work through with a member of staff. There are ten sessions that can be spread out over a term.
The activities in the booklet aim to:
- Normalise the experiences that siblings have growing up in their families
- Acknowledge the feelings that siblings have about their lives
- Teach siblings coping strategies for dealing with difficult situations
- Enable schools to make positive changes that enhance siblings’ school life.
How does Sibs Talk fit with other school initiatives?
Sibs Talk links in with the following policies and initiatives in schools:
- Developing wellbeing and resilience
- Identifying young carers
- Celebrating difference and diversity
- Anti-bullying and safeguarding
- SEND support.
How do we take part in the Sibs Talk pilot?
Sibs Talk is part of a research project being evaluated by the University of Warwick as it is important that schools have an evidence-based approach to supporting siblings. The Sibs Talk package includes staff training, a staff instruction manual, activity booklets for siblings and the evaluation materials. It is free to a limited number of primary schools. For more information on the SIBS Talk Project please visit: https://www.sibs.org.uk/supporting-young-siblings/siblings-schools-project/sibs-talk/