from page 1 & 2 Short_Break_FAQS_May_2009 TDC Together for Disabled Children (link at bottom to download)
Q. What are Aiming High for Disabled Children and the short breaks
In Aiming High for Disabled Children: better support for families (AHDC -
DfES/HMT, May 2007) the Government announced a range of measures to
transform services for disabled children and their families. The resulting
AHDC change programme is designed to ensure effective delivery of child
The measures include a core offer, which sets out national expectations about
families’ relationship with services, and a national indicator capturing parents’
experience of services in relation to the core offer components.
AHDC also announced a number of significant investments in key service
areas. These include a £35m childcare accessibility project to improve access
to childcare for disabled children, a £19m Transition Support Programme to
support service improvements that will promote disabled young people’s
transition to adulthood, and £5m for supporting parents’ forums throughout
The largest investment however, is for the transformation of short break
services and DCSF has allocated £269m of revenue funding for local
authorities over the 2008-11 Comprehensive Spending Review period for this
purpose. To enable PCT’s to work with local authorities to significantly
increase the range and number of short breaks new growth funding has also
been included in PCT baseline allocations.
The DCSF also published the Children’s Plan in December 2007, which set
out the provision of £90m for capital projects supporting short break provision. Q. What is the short break funding for?
The funding is to transform short break provision for severely disabled
children and their families. We want families to have access to a modern
range of services that meets their needs. This will mean local statutory
partners recognising their combined short break provision to be a joint
service, and planning and delivering on improvements that will see an
increase in quality provision and beneficiaries that is in keeping with the major
new funding available. It will also mean most areas expanding the types of
short break service available so as to be able to offer a more personalised,
flexible service that is well designed and orientated around the families needs.
Finally, transformation will mean breaks for those eligible children and families
currently unable to access suitable provision.
Local areas are expected to work in a way which has a dual focus. They are
expected to build their short break provision in specialist settings, such as
residential centres, carers’ homes in the child’s own home - concentrating
especially on groups of children who have previously remained on lists of
unmet needs or have only had limited range of options to choose from, for
example, disabled children with moving and handling needs; disabled children
on the autistic spectrum with additional impairments or older disabled
children. Local partners are also expected to work with staff and volunteers in
mainstream and universal settings to build their capacity to accommodate
disabled children in receipt of short break provision,
The Government has set out a short break Full Service Offer (FSO) in the
implementation guidance which it expects all local areas to be providing by
Q. How do short breaks link to the core offer and the indicator (NI54)?
The core offer describes the expected relationship between providers of
disabled children’s services and disabled children’s families. In providing short
break services, local authorities and PCTs are expected to ensure that
services which are commissioned both internally and externally are developed
in accordance with these standards.
The indicator will be based on parent satisfaction data. We know that short
breaks are very important to parents of disabled children. Satisfaction with
short breaks services will therefore be an important driver in shaping
responses to the indicator. The measurement of satisfaction is based on the
elements of the core offer http://www.soul-trade.com/change/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item10
there are county stakeholder/short break meetings which Parents are welcome to attend -- dates in Calendar (top Menu) with linking info
cumbria county council short breaks forum info here http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/familysupport/disabilities/aiminghigh/newsandevents.asp