Children and Young People Disability Service provides one to one short breaks to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to participate in activities of their own choice e.g. scouts, brownies and local youth groups. This could also include support to access local mainstream leisure centre activities or schemes and activities provided through RBWM's Youth Service.
The Children and Young People Disability Service has contracts with a range of Support Workers agencies to provide appropriately trained staff to work with children and young people to enable them to access one to one short breaks.
The support provided is tailored to the needs and age of the young people. For young people at the point of transition, support will often focus on developing their independence and the development of life skills such as budgeting, using money, travel training etc
One to one short breaks can also be accessed through the Direct Payments scheme. Direct Payments are financial payments that are given directly to families to enable them to have more choice and control over arranging the help and support to meet their assessed needs.
Referral for Short Break Services is through the Early Help and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). See the referral section below for details.
ContactWho to contact: Children and Young People Disability Service
Session Information: Various venues from home to elsewhere
Cost: Families pay for activity cost
Is your service accessible
One to one Support Workers work with children and young people with a range of needs including complex medical needs and physical difficulties and receive appropriate training in individual medical care plans through the Community Nursing Team.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Access to the one to one short breaks depends on an assessment of need completed through the Children and Young People Disability Service.
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
If you would like to make a new referral for short break services, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Early Help Hub on 01628 683150 or email MASH@achievingforchildren.org.uk. Further information and request forms for the MASH are available on the RBWM Safeguarding Partnership - Early Help and Prevention section
Families who are receiving ongoing services from the Children and Young People Disability Service can contact the service directly.
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs
Families pay for any activity costs for short breaks but the cost of the Support Worker is met by the Children and Young People Disability Service.
How will I know my child/ young person will be safe using this service?
Staff employed through the Children and Young People Disability Service and Support Worker agencies providing one to one support have a DBS (previously known as CRB) check. All staff also undertake targeted safeguarding children training, which is updated on a regular basis.