The Waving not drowning network

If you’re caring for a disabled child, you may find yourself going down a different life path than the one you had planned, so remaining in paid work can be quite challenging. Knowing your rights can help you combine paid work and caring for your child. Working Families has set up ‘Waving not drowning’ – a dedicated network and advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work.

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Rights in the film

For more information about the rights mentioned in our new film, please use the links below.

Parental leave

Time off for dependants

Flexible working

About the network

The Waving not drowning project provides a helpline, newsletter, e-bulletin and occasional events and publications for parents of disabled children and carers of adults who want to combine paid work with their caring responsibilities.

Waving not drowning also have a Facebook Group where carers or parents can get support, share their experiences, and ask us questions. You can access this at:

The helpline for questions about work and caring is 0300 012 0312.

Newsletters and ebulletin

Campaign objectives and policy asks

Case studies

Read some case studies of parents with disabled children about the difficulties they faced in balancing paid work and caring.

Read Claire’s story

Read Mandy’s story

Useful information

Downloadable factsheets

Related organisations

Join in the chat about combining paid work and caring for disabled children in the Waving not drowning Facebook community

Waving not drowning Facebook Group

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