South East Wales Adult Placement / Shared Lives Scheme

South East Wales Adult Placement/Shared Lives Scheme offers a service for vulnerable adults with adult placement carers living in their local area. Individuals using adult placement services are given the opportunity to be supported in carers' homes and local communities.

The scheme offers placements in the six local authority areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

Types of adult placement

The adult placement scheme offers accommodation and/or support to people in the carer's home and local community. Carers are encouraged to share their family life, home life and social activities with people who need support. People accessing adult placements are carefully matched with skilled carers, enabling them to gain independence and learn new skills, to make choices and to participate in new experiences.

Adult placements are tailored to the needs and requirements of the individual. It is flexible and person centred, enabling a wide range of people who need support to live more independent lives.

The types of placements offered are:

  • Long term - Accommodation and support in the carer's home on a long term basis, with the opportunity to be involved in family life, social and household activities. Short term - Accommodation and support in the carer's home for a time limited period.
  • Short term placements may be offered to help a person develop their skills and confidence, as a stepping-stone to greater independence.
  • Respite - Respite with an adult placement family in an ordinary home setting. People often return to the same family for regular respite, allowing individuals the opportunity to build and maintain relationships, learn new skills, and have new experiences.
  • Emergency - Accommodation and support provided at short notice, possibly because of a family crisis or illness.
  • Sessional support - Support from an adult placement carer during the day, evenings or weekends. The support may be offered in the carer's home or in the local community. Support is person centred to the needs of the individual and can include a wide range of activities, encouraging individuals to learn new skills, build their confidence and gain greater independence.

Who can access the scheme?

South East Wales Adult Placement Scheme offers a service for vulnerable adults who are 18 years or older. The scheme arranges placements for people with a wide range of support needs, including people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and older people.

People who use the scheme may need support with specific aspects of their lives, or they may need support all of the time.

Adult placement offers a real alternative to other types of support and accommodation. If you would like more information about adult placement you can discuss this with your social worker.

How to become a carer

People from all walks of life can apply: single people, couples and families, from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures become adult placement carers. You don't need to have formal qualifications because the scheme will provide you with the training that you need.

We are looking for people with: sensitivity and warmth, commitment, a sense of humour, an interest in helping vulnerable adults, a stable home environment, and time to offer to someone who needs support in aspects of their life. If you have these qualities and a suitable home to share with another person please contact us.

Once you have been through our assessment process you can decide on the type of placement you would like to offer; your adult placement worker will support you with this. Your adult placement worker will also make sure that you are carefully matched with people you are likely to get on with.

Carers are paid a fee for all placements they provide. The fee level varies depending on the type of placement that you offer.

If you are interested in knowing more about becoming a carer call 01443 864586 or email

Training and support

All carers offering placements for the scheme have been carefully selected, and have been through a thorough assessment process.

Prospective carers are offered training during the assessment process, and are offered regular ongoing training once they have been approved. The scheme is committed to maintaining and developing carers' knowledge and skills and this is viewed as an ongoing process.

The training courses offered are all relevant to the role of providing care and support to vulnerable adults. Carers are also offered specialist training which is relevant to the specific needs of the individual that they are supporting.

Each adult placement carer is linked with an adult placement worker. The adult placement workers visit carers at home to monitor and support the placements, to discuss how placements are going, and to offer guidance.

The scheme currently has nine adult placement workers, two adult placement coordinators, a registered manager, and a dedicated team of administrative staff.

Regular carers meetings are held in different locations across South East Wales. These meetings give carers an opportunity to meet each other, and to discuss adult placement as part of a group. Staff from the Adult Placement Scheme attend and facilitate the meetings.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Community Care

Tel: 01495 762200


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