Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People
During the Covid-19 Pandemic we are aware that children and young people have not accessed an activity for some time but we would like to let you know what we have been doing here at Short Breaks.
We have a range of virtual activities available online including quizzes and games for your child/young person to engage in. If you are interested in those then please look at our Facebook page.
We are also offering some group activities and if you would like to know more about these then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01724 407988 and ask to speak to Cyndi Richards or any member of the Short Breaks team who will be happy to discuss further.
Alternatively, you can access ideas to entertain children and young people on the council website.
Who are Short Breaks for?
Short breaks are for:
- and others
with parental responsibility for disabled children and young people aged between 0 and 18 years old.
What do Short Breaks provide?
Short Breaks provide an opportunity for disabled children and young people to take part in fun activities. Our short breaks take a variety of forms. In addition, they include the provision of day, evening, overnight and weekend activities.
Where do Short Breaks take place?
Short breaks can take place in:
- the child’s own home
- in a community setting
- the home of an approved carer, or
- in a residential setting
Most importantly, they can help contribute to children and young people’s social inclusion and personal development.
You Said, We Did
Examples of how we have changed practice following feedback from families:
You said: It’s not easy for our children and young people to understand changes to the group activity programme
We did: We will write to all parent and carers when sending out our programme and inform you of any changes we have had to make, explaining why so that you can discuss with your child or young person in more detail
You said: It would be nice for the Short Breaks Information Statement to include pictures of North Lincolnshire children and young people enjoying their short breaks rather than more generic pictures
We did: We have included pictures this time to show some of our children and young people having fun at their Short Breaks. Parent and carers have given permission for these to be published
You said: It would be better to have a more appropriate age mix of children and young people, rather than five year olds mixing with 16 year olds
We did: We looked at the age ranges and put together a more suitable mix of children and young people so that we had a younger age group and an older age group.
The Short Breaks for Disabled Children Information Statement [PDF, 894kb] is for families living in the North Lincolnshire area who have a disabled child/young person aged 0 to 18 years. We also have an easy read version for children and young people. [PDF, 618Kb]
In addition, The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 informs parents / carers of the range of short break services available.
Range of short break services available in North Lincolnshire
The information received from feedback and consultation has shaped the way in which we deliver short breaks in North Lincolnshire. These short break services meet the requirements of the ‘Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011′. These are:
- Day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere (S.4 (2) a): Individualised Short Breaks is care that could take place in the child’s own home on any day of the week. It could also mean that a worker could be employed by a registered care agency to accompany a young person to an activity of their choosing. Alternatively, a parent/carer could use a Direct Payment to purchase a service in lieu of that delivered by North Lincolnshire Council.
- Overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere (S.4 (2) b): Overnight Short breaks are available to disabled children and young people who are assessed as having additional needs which impact on the family. For instance, causing ongoing sleep deprivation for family members and/or high levels of family stress. If assessed as appropriate, overnight care could be offered within the child’s home, or elsewhere.
- The Cygnets is registered as a short break home for children and young people of either gender aged between 5 years and 18 years who have a learning disability. This includes those children and young people who also have complex health needs and /or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In light of the current Coronavirus situation, they along with their partners, are following government issued advice and reviewing services on a constant basis. This means that they may need to offer short breaks in a slightly different way. This might be tea visits rather than overnight short breaks, or support in the home where necessary. Please feel free to contact the team if you would like to discuss this further. Telephone: 01724 407988
- The Butterflies Short Break Foster Scheme provides overnight short breaks to disabled children, whose needs can be best met by individual care within a family based setting. This can be provided for those children aged 0 to 18 years.
Group Based Specialist Short Break Activities
- Each locality within North Lincolnshire will provide a range of group based activities at appropriate venues for disabled children and young people to engage in on a regular basis.
Play scheme for Disabled Children
- The play scheme for disabled children is held during the Easter and Summer school holidays. It is for children aged 5 to 18 who attend a specialist Educational setting and have been nominated to attend.
- Services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays (S.4 (2) d): Parent/Carers can choose to use their short break sessions flexibly throughout the year. Most importantly, at a time which best suits the needs and requirements of their family the most. In addition, group based activities will be available locally within each of the localities in North Lincolnshire.
Parents can choose to have a direct payment in lieu of short breaks provided by the Local Authority.
Disabled children and young people with more complex needs (or those children living in situations that are more complex) may require a higher level of short breaks. Therefore, more specialist support to meet their needs.
A children’s specialist disability social worker achieves this through an assessment.
Parent and carers can opt to receive a direct payment (options include a pre-payment card) in lieu of services that they
To meet the criteria for overnight short breaks, disabled children and young people are assessed as having additional needs:
- which impact on the family
- causing sleep deprivation for family members, and/or
- high levels of family stress
To meet the criteria for the play scheme children and young people must be:
- registered with North Lincolnshire Council for Short Breaks
- attending a school/facility for children with special educational needs, and
- unable to benefit from short break activities in the community
Who is eligible for Short Breaks?
To be eligible for short breaks services the child or young person must have a disability and live in North Lincolnshire.
Access to ‘short breaks’ is through the Short Breaks and External Provisions Teams. Therefore, we ask parents and carers to register their child for short breaks with this team as a first point of contact.
A member of the Short Breaks team will then contact you to discuss your needs. And they will make sure you have information about the short break services available to you.
In order to be consistent in how we make the services available to you, the Short Breaks for Disabled Children
At the first level we have introduced a “local minimum offer”. This is an allocation of short break hours without the
Support available to all children and young people with SEN or disabilities
At the first level we have introduced a “local minimum offer”. This is an allocation of short break hours without the need for any assessment. At this initial level there are 78 sessions that can be used throughout the year.
Support available for children and young people with SEN or disabilities who require additional support over and above that provided routinely as part of universal services
For children and young people who need support over and above the local minimum offer, an Early Help assessment could be completed by any professional working with a child and family or a Short Breaks Officer. Most importantly, this is used to highlight need and support at the earliest possible point.
Support available for children and young people with SEN or disabilities who require specialised, longer term support and those with high needs accessing provision through EHC Plans
You can request a Children’s Services assessment for children and young people with the most complex health care needs. You will need to contact the Integrated Multi Agency Partnership on 01724 296500.
With parents and carers
We consult with parents / carers on a regular basis through:
- child and young person’s review of the service
- working closely with the Parents in Participation (PIP Forum), and
- consulting through outreach events in the three networks in North Lincolnshire
With children and young people
We consult with children and young people using a variety of different communication methods, including:
- during any statutory reviews
- within their school setting during Short Break activities, and / or
- during any respite provision
Access and Inclusion – Children’s Disability Service
Tel: 01724 407988