Carer for my child - no social support in scotland

I’m new and new to caring. For the last year I’ve cared for my secondary school age son during a severed debilitating mental illness - it’s a chronic condition. He also has autism

I’m hoping to connect with similar carers in Scotland. I’ve begged Camhs for practical help and the local child and families social work department for support. They are assessing him but it’s taking months and , I’m sorry to say, I don’t have a life anymore. I can’t work or spend time with my other children.

Is anyone else experiencing their CFSW team dragging their heels?

I’ve complained but no meaningful response nor any social work support given.

Is there a carers centre or autism organisation in your area that can offer local advice and support? You could take a look here: Support where you live | Carers UK

I would suggest contacting your local councillor for support with the social care side of things. Ask them to look into why it’s taking so long and whether they are taking longer than local policy dictates?

Hello Gina

Welcome to our forum, you’ve certainly come to the right place to connect with other carers. I don’t know if you are aware but we are currently running a series of online meet ups for carers to get together and chat informally. There’s no pressure to share any more than you’re comfortable with. Join up details are here:

There is also Carers UK’s helpline should you need advice or support - Our Telephone Helpline is available on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

We are also now running a weekly Share and Learn sessions, where we run a series of fun and relaxed online sessions where visiting speakers who share tips and skills on a range of topics. Please have a look at the link and see if one grabs your attention Gina, we would love to see you there.

with all good wishes