Short breaks is the new name for what is usually known as respite and play provision. It relates to all types of services put in place to give disabled children and adults a chance to take part in activities and have time away from home. This can take the form of the following:
- home based support- carers/nurses coming into the home to look after your child
- Day care away from home- this can include nurseries, playgroups, after school/ weekend play provision, holiday provision
- Overnight short breaks- this can include overnight carers or nurses
- Residential breaks- including residential homes and specialist units in hospitals.
Being a parent carer can be both emotionally and physically challenging. Ensuring you receive the support needed and are given a break from your caring role is important for you, your family and your child. Short breaks not only ensure that you and other family members have some time away from your caring role but also may provide your child with the opportunity to take part in new experiences and make friends.
The Core Offer
Some short breaks can be accessed via RBKC’s Core offer without the need of an assessment by social services. The “Core Offer” is provided by St Quintin Centre and can be accessed on proof of disability. For children with higher needs, more comprehensive packages of care will need to be established. These are known as “Additional Needs” and “Complex Needs” Packages and require a Needs Assessment to be completed.
For more information on the core offer visit: https://search3.openobjects.com/mediamanager/triborough/directory/files/st_quintin_core_offer.pdf
Short Break Services in RBKC
Most Short Breaks Services for Children with a higher level of needs are accessed via an assessment, where your child’s level of need is looked at and a plan is established based on the types of services and level of support which is deemed most suitable.
There are several services which provide different short break options for children in RBKC. Depending on your child’s needs they may be offered services in a mainstream setting (alongside children without SEN) or a more specialist provision.