Carol Robinson began her career as a social worker in Essex, mainly with children. She become interested in familes with disabled children and was active in developing community projects to support them.
In 1980 she moved to Bristol to do a PhD and then followed a research career specialising in studies looking at support services for disabled children and their families. She was a founder member of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and was there until 2001.
During that time she had a secondment to the Social Services Inspectorate (now CSCI) before becoming Director of the South West Learning Disability Network.
In 2006, Carol then took up two regional roles, working both for the Valuing People Support Team and the Regional Centre of Excellence in the South West.
In 2008 she spent nine months with HFT (Home Farm Trust) a provider organisation before becoming a freelance consultant in December 2008. Carol is currently working with two Getting A Life sites in the South West and is focusing on helping young people to make the transition to adulthood and to move into employment and get the best out of life.
Carol has published a number of books and articles and is best know for her work on short breaks.