Short Breaks for Disabled Children, Young People and their Families
Information for Parents and Carers
Short breaks provide opportunities for disable children and young people aged 0-25 years, to spend time away from their primary carers. They aim to provide parents and carers a necessary and valuable break way from their caring responsibilities to rechard their batteries.
Short breaks enable children and young people to have the chance to develop new friendships, take part in new experiences and to have fun doing positive experiences such as swimming, youth clubs, day trips with friends and much more.
Our short breaks are provide by staff from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and by specially selected organisations to deliver services on our behalf.
Some short break services are 'Self Referral' where a parent or carer needs to make direct contact with the organisation providing the short break. Other short break services require a 'Social Worker Referral' where parents and carers will work with their social worker to decide which service will best meet a child or young persons needs.
What is Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Offer?
Our 'Self Referral' services are renewed on a year-by-year basis. We do this as it allows us to work with parents, carers, children and young people to develop the services that are on offer and to get a better understanding of what families need each year. Each year we will be holding a suvery to capture this valuable information about what families need to help us refresh what is being offered to reflect what families need. You can take part in this survey by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Shortbreaks19
Social Worker Referral Services
Sometimes a child or young person may have more significant or complex needs due to their disability and/or family circumstances may mean that they need more specialist support. The level of support needed for children, young people, their families and carers will be identified through a Social Worker Assessment. These services will be commissioned specificailly for the child's needs or alternative a family may choose to take a Direct Payment to arrange the services themselves.
Recdar & Cleveland Borough Council will continue to add new Social Worker Referral Services to the Short Breaks Offer. If you are interested in any of the current services, please discuss them with your social worker. If you do not have a social worker but feel you need more support, please call:
- Children's Hub (if you are a parent or carer of a 0-17 year old) on 01642 130700;
- Single Point of Access (if you are a parent or carer of a 18-25 year old) on 01642 065070.
Where can I find more information?
More information for each of the services is available as part of our SEND Local Offer. Please visit the People's Information Network website.
The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Duty 2010 places a legal obligation on the Local Authority to provide breaks for carers of disabled children.
- A short break is an opportunity for children and young people to spend time away from their parents and carers to take part in enjoyable activities and meet up with friends while being appropriately cared for. It provides a break for parents and carers from their caring responsibilities, using the time to enjoy leisure or learning activities, catch up with tasks to help with the day-to-day running of their home, spend time with other family members or to simply relax and recharge their batteries. A short break could be a couple of hours each week to an overnight stay in a residential setting or with a carer
The duty also places a responsibility on the Local Authority to produce a Short Breaks Services Statement, the first of which must be published by 1st October 2011. This statement is a public document which must provide information about the following items:
- Who is responsible for preparing the statement
- Who is eligible for a Short Break
- How services are designed, commissioned, offered and delivered
- How universal council services include disabled children
- How we are promoting equality
- How we support families to access suitable transport
- How we support families with their childs transition to adulthood
- How we are developing the workforce to meet the needs of disabled children
- What our priorities are for promoting better outcomes for disabled children