Healthy Parent Carers

Why are we doing this project?

Primary carers of children with additional needs and/or disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing psychological and physical health problems and lower quality of life. Parents typically prioritise their children’s health over their own, and many parent carers face particular challenges to healthy behaviours, and feel disempowered to address their own health concerns. This is likely to affect their caregiving role, the health of their children and families, and, consequently, lead to increased need for health and social care services.

What is the Healthy Parent Carers programme?

Researchers and parent carers have co-developed a programme to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers of disabled children. The aim of the Healthy Parent Carers programme is to improve parent carers’ health and wellbeing by promoting empowerment, confidence, and resilience.

It is led by parent carers and involves working with others in a group to encourage behaviours that improve health and wellbeing. The activities encouraged in the group sessions are called CLANGERS: Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax and Sleep. Parent carers also receive a booklet with information related to each session to keep and refer back to.

How can you get involved?

The Healthy Parent Carers programme is designed by and for parent carers, and their involvement as partners in this research is fundamental to our approach. Therefore, we invite parent carers to contribute to the development and testing of the programme.

Here you can find out more about the Development of the Healthy Parent Carer Project.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us.



Borek A, McDonald B, Fredlund M, Bjornstad GJ, Logan GS, Morris C (2018). Healthy Parent Carers programme: development and feasibility of a novel group-based health-promotion intervention. BMC Public Health, 18, 270-270