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Short Breaks Consultation 2021

Welcome to our Short Breaks Consultation 2021

We want to work with you regarding updating our Short Breaks Offer and the targeted activities for children and young people with disabilities and their families in Telford and Wrekin.   

This page contains all the information about the consultation and how you can get involved to have your say.   

What are we consulting about? 

Our Current Short Breaks Statement is dated 2016 and we think it is out of date.  To make any changes needs the feedback from local families to make sure it is accurate and useful to you.  Going forward, we aim to refresh the statement annually, with you, as needed. 

We also want to find out if the current Short Breaks activities (Sports and Leisure, Arts and Crafts, for example) are still the things that meet needs and to explore other options, together.

A presentation detailing the consultation is here.

We are not consulting about the Social Care assessment process, respite provision or personal budget offer.

Who are we consulting? 

The consultation is open to local families with children that meet the Short Breaks criteria. We are also consulting with PODS, colleagues within the Children with Disabilities teams, SEND services, schools and health.  Details of how to have your say are contained below.

When are we Consulting and What Will Happen Next? 

The Consultation period is 18 October 2021 to 10 December 2021.   

During Winter, all the feedback will be compiled and analysed to draw conclusions and make recommendations.   Action after this depends on the feedback you have given us.  We may be in a position to go forward with the new Short Breaks statement, or we may need to undertake further actions.  We may need to report significant change or proposals to the Local Authority Cabinet, or we may be able to implement the proposals.

What are Short Breaks? 

Short Breaks provide an opportunity for children with disabilities to spend time away from their carers, try out new things, have fun and make new friends. Short breaks can also provide families with a chance to do ordinary things together.   

Who are Short Breaks for? 

Short Breaks are solely available for children and young people aged 0-25 with a disability.  Disabilities can vary widely in terms of their nature and severity.  Our definition for disability is guided by legislation.  

  • The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 refers to ‘A child who is disabled (defined by the regulations as ‘blind, deaf or dumb or suffers from mental disorder of any kind or is substantially and permanently handicapped by illness, injury or congenital deformity or such other disability as may be prescribed).’  

  • The Equality Act 2010 refers to disability as having a ‘physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.’  

This may include a physical or learning disability, a hearing or visual impairment.  It includes children who have moderately to severe behaviours of concern (challenging behaviour) as a result of their learning disability or autism.  It also includes children who have complex needs and who may have palliative, life-limiting or a life-threatening condition.   

Short Breaks Regulations and Legal Duty  

The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 are used to define Telford & Wrekin Council’s Short Breaks offer.  

In summary, local authorities must:     

  • Consider the needs of the carer, enabling them to take a break from caring     

  • Give families the choice to access short breaks services using a direct payment   

  • Co-produce the Short Breaks offer   

  • Publish a statement of their short breaks services on their website and keep it under review   

  • State the range of short breaks services available, eligibility criteria, and how the range of services is designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in their area    

  • Provide a range of short breaks services; that are:   

  • Flexible, reliable and regular to meet changing family need   

  • Reach groups of parents who may be more difficult to engage   

  • Build on universal services 

  • Are engaging and fun   

  • Promote greater levels of confidence and competence for moving to adulthood  

  • Include: day-time care, overnight care 

  • Participate in educational and recreational activities   

  • Culturally and age appropriate   

  • Responsive to public health messages 

Our Current Short Break Statement 

This is our current Short Breaks Statement.

Telford & Wrekin’s Current Short Break Offer is a Tiered Offer of Support aligned to level of need.  There is a charging policy in place, some activities are free, some are charged for. 

Level  

Current Offer  

Level 1

Universal ​  

 'High street' services, activities available to everyone, i.e. Leisure centres, cinemas, clubs, libraries.  ​  

Level 2

Targeted​  

Targeted activities provided by My Options: 

  • Sports & Leisure (ICAN2) 

  • Arts and Crafts 

  • Club 17 

  • Access to Activities 

  • Summer Playscheme 

Targeted activities have individually set age ranges.

Level 3

Specialist​  

Formal Social Work assessment to determine eligibility for a Personal budget (Direct payment) 

Specialist services i.e. personal care and support, overnight respite, summer playscheme.​  

  

Proposed Short Breaks Statement 

Our current statement is dated 2016 and needs an update.  We’ve had a look at other Short Breaks Statements and used our research to produce a new Proposed Short Breaks Statement.  It proposes some changes that are listed below.

What are the proposed Changes? 

  • Update the Short Breaks Statement  

The current Short Breaks Statement requires review and revision.  A revised Short Breaks Statement, published on the SEND Local Offer will enable a clear and accessible statement of the Short Breaks offer.

  • Re-establish the Eligibility Criteria  

The Short Breaks Statement re-stablishes the Eligibility Criteria for targeted short break activities.  This is not a change to eligibility criteria.  The statement provides a clear and consistent criteria for the provision of Targeted and Specialist Short Breaks, aligned to level of need.    

  • Charging Policy  

The proposed charging policy will allow providers of targeted short breaks activities to make a charge.  The charge will be checked with local families for approval.  The charge will be required to be no more than that charged to mainstream services, and will be fair and sustainable. 

  • Commissioning Targeted Short Breaks Activities  

We would like to propose a new Short Breaks forum that will regularly review targeted activities, keeping pace with feedback.  This could allow a wider choice of activities to choose from.

Our current provision includes;

  • Sports & leisure activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Club 17 
  • Access to Activities 

In looking at our options, we could:

  • commission new targeted activities 
  • build on existing activities
  • support current mainstream providers to include children and young people with disabilities
  • enable local children with disabilities to take part within existing community facilities.

Have your say  

The Short Breaks Statement consultation period is from 18 October 2021 to 10 December 2021. 

You can feed back in a number of ways:  

By filling in an online survey form, which will be open from 18 October.

By joining one of the engagement events below- this list will be expanded:

Date

Time  

Venue  

27th October  

  18.00-19.30    

PODs Offices

Suite 14, Hazeldine House, Central Square,

Telford Centre, Telford, TF3 4JL

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure COVID safety,

numbers are limited at this venue. 

Please follow this link to book a space.

29th October 11.00-12.30

Newport Library

53-55 High St, Newport TF10 7AT

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure COVID safety,

numbers are limited at this venue. 

Please follow this link to book a space.

3rd November 

  13.00-14.30 

Southwater Library

Southwater Square, Southwater Way,

Telford TF3 4JG

This is a Drop-In Session

12th November  13.30-15.00

Wellington Library 

Wellington, Telford TF1 1LX 

This is a Drop-In Session

17th November

 18.00-19.30  

 PODs Offices

Suite 14, Hazeldine House, Central Square,

Telford Centre, Telford, TF3 4JL

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure COVID safety,

numbers are limited at this venue. 

Please follow this link to book a space.

19th November  

  13.30-15.00

Oakengates Library

4-5 Limes Rd, Telford TF2 6EP

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure COVID safety,

numbers are limited at this venue. 

Please follow this link to book a place.

24th November  

  13.00-14.30

 Oakengates Library

4-5 Limes Rd, Telford TF2 6EP

PLEASE NOTE: to ensure COVID safety,

numbers are limited at this venue. 

Please follow this link to book a place.

8th December 12.00-13.30

The Hub, Newport

139 High St, Newport TF10 7BH

By email:  ShortBreaks@Telford.gov.uk  

Accessibility: 

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact us on the email above and we can arrange for the survey to be posted to you. Paper copies will also be available at the above face to face engagement events listed above. 

If you are attending a face to face event, to maintain COVID safety please could we ask you bring your own pen or pencil, if possible. 

The online survey is suitable for screen-readers and also provides picture prompts. Click to enable immersive reader to access both of these options.

What are we asking? 

We need your feedback on the proposed changes.  We want to find out what you think about:

  1. The new statement
  2. The Eligibility criteria
  3. The current targeted short breaks activities
  4. A charging policy

What Happens Next? 

During Winter, we will bring together all the feedback provided to us and use it to report back to you on what you have said to us.   All the feedback will be compiled and analysed to make conclusions and recommendations.    

The report will be used to make a set of proposals as a result of the consultation.  This will be made available to you. 

Action after this depends on the feedback you have given us.  We may be in a position to go forward with the new Short Breaks statement, or we may need to undertake further actions.  We may need to report significant change or proposals to the Local Authority Cabinet, or we may be able to implement the proposals.