Training and support

Shared Lives carers can be from all walks of life, they can be single, couples or larger families.

You don’t need to have qualifications or experience, as long as you want to welcome someone in need of support into your home and family.

Shared Lives carers are professional, paid carers, who happen to work from home. So we offer you full training and help so you can develop your knowledge and skills in this role.

Although you don’t need qualifications to become a Shared Lives carer, many who do have knowledge and experience of social care or health through work or personal experience, find it has been helpful.

A NVQ 2, 3, 4 or similar can also be helpful.


If you’re new to care work, you’ll need to meet the requirements of the Care Certificate. We will support you in this through your approval and training.

All Shared Lives Carer are given essential training as part of the assessment and approval process.

There is also compulsory post approval training in areas that include:

  • safeguarding
  • first aid
  • mental capacity
  • healthy and safety

We provide this training for free but you are expected to arrange activities for the person you support while you’re in training.