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Short breaks service statement for families with disabled children in Buckinghamshire

Types of short break

Every year about 640 disabled children and young people in our area use targeted and specialist short breaks.

In addition over 350 disabled children use services offered by universal providers, whose provision is for all children and young people.

Each family is unique, their needs vary and can change. We offer a wide range of short breaks for disabled children and young people. Not all of these have financial assistance from the council or Clinical Commissioning Group.

Short breaks are offered by voluntary, independent and statutory providers. These can meet the different needs of disabled children, young people and their families.

The table below gives an overview of the types of short break services we have developed in Buckinghamshire.

Types of short break services

Community based groups and activities Universal, all ages. These are outside of school hours and at weekends, for example Brownies, martial arts and after school activities
Evening, weekend and school holiday activities Targeted, 0 to 19 years. Activities targeted to SEND children and young people including fun opportunities during weekends and school holiday periods, evening and weekends for young disabled young people to meet, socialise and have fun in a supported environment
Direct payments and personal budgets Specialist (assessed) 0 to 18 years. These can be used in a variety of ways to get support that meets the needs of disabled children, young people and their families
Family short breaks Specialist (assessed) 0 to 18 years. Breaks which take place in the family home including domiciliary care and carer’s home including childminding and fostering
Overnight breaks Specialist (assessed) 0 to 18 years. Residential short breaks or fostering placements offering overnight short breaks