Siblings of children with disabilities and complex needs often experience disadvantage related to their situations. Understandably, parents / carers may need to spend more time with children in their families who have complex needs.
This can be difficult for siblings, especially younger ones, who can become frustrated despite their understanding. Some, depending on family circumstances, by default are also carers, often also taking some responsibility for parental caring. The added time given to the children in need of support can mean siblings don’t get as much time as their peers to take part in everyday activities such as spending time with their friends, having fun with their own peer groups or having quality time with their parents or other family members.