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Short breaks for children with disabilities and their families

Who is eligible and do I have to pay?

Children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 18 years old are eligible for this service.

Further information on eligibility can be found in the short break services statement.

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This document will be reviewed and updated following changes as a result of the SEND reform, changes to Children and Families Bill and our requirement to have a Local Offer.

Current short break and activity provision will support a sufficiency assessment which will also be included in the review.

Parents and service users will be involved and consulted with via the Bracknell Parent Forum.

Activities and support available are divided into 3 main areas:

Universal settings

Requires no formal assessment process or eligibility criteria. Fees are charged by the provider.

Targeted settings

Requires no formal assessment processes or eligibility criteria. These schemes are commissioned by us for children and young people who are unable to access mainstream or universal settings due to their high level of need and support required. We subsidise these services but a fee is charged by the provider.

Specialist services

Specialist services are provided by the local authority and require assessment by Children’s Social Care. They may include Larchwood short break unit, short break foster carers, personal budgets (via direct payments), home care and agency support, community childminders.