Hartlepool Shared Lives

Step by step process to becoming a Shared Lives Carer

When we receive your initial enquiry, we will send out an application pack for you to complete.

Application Pack

Complete the application form with as much detail as possible and return it to us.

Home visit

When we receive your application form, we will arrange an initial home visit to find out more about you and talk about why you want to become a Shared Lives Carer.

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the process, and to ask questions about Shared Lives. 

Assessment process and training


We will assign you a support manager who will work with you over approximately 6-8 weeks to complete your Shared Lives assessment. They will visit you regularly to get to know you and your family.

They will also carry out a health and safety checklist on your home and complete some initial checks, these will include medical, police and personal references.

Once a full assessment of your family circumstances is complete, your support manager will create a report, which will be shared with you for your comments. 

Training and support

You are required to take part in mandatory training and register as a member with Shared Lives Plus.


Once your assessment is complete, it will be presented to an Independent Shared Lives Panel. The panel will make decision on your application. You will be informed of their decision in writing.

After approval and placement

Once you have been approved as a Shared Lives Carer your support manager will continue to support you during your time in Shared Lives. They will make sure you have the training and support that you need to fulfil your Carer role.

Your support manager will work closely with you to place the right person with you and your family.