How to apply to become a Shared Lives carer

The application process to become a Shared Lives carer consists of the following steps:


To find out more or get an information pack, you can:

Pre-assessment visit

Once we've received your application, you will be contacted within 2 weeks to book a pre-assessment visit at your home. The pre-assessment visit is an opportunity to discuss the process in more detail, look at your home and make sure everyone is happy to proceed with the assessment.


In order to carry out a thorough assessment, an Assessing Officer will visit you 8 to 10 times. They will ask you about your personal history and carry out checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Health and Safety and will ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to support eligible people.

From the point of application, assessment usually takes an average of 2 to 4 months depending on whether voluntary work is required, if training is completed prior to panel and the availability of the prospective carer and Shared Lives Officer.


Our mandatory training is mostly accessed via e-learning, but there may be some classroom based learning.

All carers will need to have the following training:

  • First Aid (to be updated every 3 years)
  • Mental Capacity Act (to be updated every 3 years)
  • Safeguarding Adults (to be updated every 3 years)
  • Equality and Diversity (to be updated every 3 years)
  • Safe Handling of Medication (to be updated every 2 years)
  • General Data Protections Regulations (GDPR) (to be updated every 2 years).

If you've already completed any of the above training, you will just need to provide copies of certificates.

If you’re new to social care, we will help you complete the Care Certificate induction workbook. However, if you have a previous qualification in adult social care, we would not expect this.

Report submitted to panel

We will submit a report to our panel, which you will have a chance to read beforehand. You do not have to attend the Shared Lives panel in person.


Once approved, you will be allocated a named worker who will monitor and support you.