Shared Lives - what is the process of becoming approved?

In most cases, the Shared Lives application process is likely to take about 2-3 months to complete. This does give you the opportunity to ask lots of questions and you are fully supported throughout the process. Once you are approved as a Shared Lives carer you will be ready to meet the needs of those people you support as the approval process includes the training and development you will need.


This is the only step you'll take alone but once you have, you'll find support through the rest of the application process and beyond. The first step is to call us pr complete the enquiry form.

Once you have taken the step to contact us, one of our dedicated Shared Lives workers will contact you to arrange a pre-assessment visit.

Visit from the Shared Lives workers and Scheme Manager to plan the start of the assessment.

 This is done as a home visit and is the start of the assessment form.

After you have completed your application form the Shared Lives worker will use the information to contact your various referees and complete the form for your Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

You will be supported through the pre-approval training programme, to help support this, your shared lives worker will visit you to discuss the training and we will make support materials available to you.

Before your panel interview, we will support you to prepare for this. Then you will be invited to attend a meeting of the Shared Lives Panel who review your full assessment report and consider your suitability to be a Shared Lives carer. If you have progressed this far through the process, we are confident most people, at this stage, will be approved.

Once the panel has approved your application, you are now a Shared Lives carer. At this stage, we will support with matching an individual to you, that would benefit from your support and we will help develop service specific training and support with arranging benefits.

The support does not stop here. Now that you are a Shared Lives carer you will enjoy regular support and encouragement from your supervisor throughout your career as a Shared Lives carer.