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Information about Short Breaks in Barnsley

Short Breaks form part of a continuum of services that support disabled children and their families.

In brief, a ‘Short Break’ is an opportunity for a disabled child to experience enjoyable activities, suitable for their needs, whilst giving parents/carers and siblings a valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Depending on the type of provision, the child’s individual need and family circumstances, a short break can be for a few hours to a few days a week (term-time, in the school holidays or both) and can be in the form of:

  • Day care including day nurseries and childminders (family centres term time only) for ages 0 to 5 years.  You can use the Barnsley Family Service Directory to see all Early Years Settings in Barnsley.  All settings can receive training in order to meet the needs of an individual child.
  • After school clubs ages 5 upwards. You can use the Barnsley Family Service Directory to see all After School Clubs in Barnsley.  All settings can receive training in order to meet the needs of an individual child.
  • Holiday clubs ages 5 upwards. You can use the Barnsley Family Service Directory to see all Holiday Clubs in Barnsley.  All settings can receive training in order to meet the needs of an individual child.
  • Clubs and Group activities.  The current Short Breaks available at present are Outdoor Activities for ages 5 to 25, Snap Tin Cafe, Positive Activities (The Ozone) for ages 8 to 25, Multi-Sports for ages 8 to 18.
  • Overnight stays (Newsome Avenue) for ages 5 to 18
  • Direct payments for ages 0-18

To access provision the child must have a diagnosed disability (ADHD as a sole diagnosis does not qualify for short breaks) and the family have to demonstrate how they will use the allocated time to benefit the whole family. Short Breaks CANNOT be used to replace childcare that enables parents to work.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 0-5 Years

If your child is 0-5 years old and have been accepted for a Short Break they can access their this within an early years setting.  This can be a day nursery, childminder or family centre.  Please note that family centres are term time only.

If your child already attends an early years setting and you would like them to attend their Short Break there also and the setting has the availability to offer this, please include this in your application.

If you have a setting you would like your child to attend, please include this in your application.  Please also state whether you have spoken to the setting and know if there is availability for your child to attend.  Please note it is not always possible for your child to attend your preferred setting due to staffing and capacity.

If you do not know where you would like your child to attend and would like some help the Family Information Service will help you to find a suitable setting.

All settings will receive any training required in order to meet the needs of an individual child. All settings have a SENCO who will ensure the needs of your child are met.  If your child needs 1-2-1 support then this will be arranged with the setting.  Please ensure you include all this relevant information within your application form as it helps when setting up a placement.

Short Breaks within an early years setting are usually:

Tier One – UP TO two hours per week in term time and five hours per week in school holidays if a child cannot attend universal provision

OR

Tier Two – UP TO five hours per week in term time and ten hours per week in school holidays.  To access tier two the child must have an Early Help Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan in place.  The application to panel will need to identify why the child needs this additional support.

The hours above are a guideline and the maximum allocation a child could receive at each tier, the actual amount of hours allocated is dependent on the child and family’s individual circumstances.

If a family requires more than the tier two level of support a full social work assessment is needed.

When a Short Break within an Early Years Setting commences it is the responsibility of the family and the setting to arrange the times and dates the child will attend.  The family does not need to worry about the payment to the setting as the Short Breaks Business Support Team will sort this directly with the setting.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

Short Breaks for children aged 5 to 8 are available in the following provisions

Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs - there are several holiday clubs around the borough that can be accessed as part of the Short Break service.  All staff will receive the relevant training to meet the individual needs of each child.  If you would like some assistance finding a holiday club please contact the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340 or email infofis@barnsley.gov.uk

Outdoor Activities – Based at Silverwood Scout Camp.  Activities include crafts, using tools (Saws, sheaf knives), preparing food, games and activities, camp fire building.  For more information including dates and contact details please click on the name to go to their record.

Newsome Avenue - The unit provides respite care to children and young people aged 5-18 years, who have learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and or complex health needs.

To access Short Breaks at Newsome Avenue a social work assessment must take place.  For more information and contact details please click on the name to take you to their record.

Direct Payments - Direct Payments are cash payments made to people in lieu of social care support.  To receive Direct Payments you will have had an assessment which identifies that you are eligible to receive social care support.  Direct Payments aim to give you more flexibility in how your services are provided.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have greater choice and control over your life and are able to make your own decisions about how your care/support is delivered.

For more information please click on the name to take you to their record.

 

Short Breaks for Children Aged 8 Years and Over

If your child is over 8 years old there is a variety of Short Breaks available.

The hours granted for a short break vary from family to family dependant on need.

The short breaks currently available for children over eight years old are:

Positive Activities - Barnsley Targeted Youth Support, provide both generic and tailored short breaks programme of activities for children and young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Our three generic youth provison sessions are targeted at young people aged 11-24 years offering a range of activities and programmes designed and developed to support and promote personal and social development.  Programmes cover a range of issues and areas that can affect a young person and are designed to assist and support young people in making healthy choices for example, regarding their health and wellbeing, relationships etc.

Our Short Breaks Programme offers a variety of sessions for children and young people aged 8-17, including a targeted/specific group for children and young people with Asperger's syndrome providing access to ICT, games machines, arts and crafts, creative media and the opportunity to meet other young people and develop friendships.

The main aim of the Short Breaks Provision is to create opportunities for young people to develop their confidence, self-esteem and social skills and provide a break for parents, carers and families.

For details of times and dates and contact details please click on the name to go to their record.

Outdoor Activities – Based at Silverwood Scout Camp.  Activities include crafts, using tools (Saws, sheaf knives), preparing food, games and activities, camp fire building.  For more information including dates and contact details please click on the name to go to their record.

Snap Tin Café - A community cafe based in Goldthorpe offering a wide range of training and catering services.  Our staff are highly qualified and have many years of working with young people and adults with learning disabilities in an educational setting.

The cafe provides our trainees with a variety of opportunities to continue to develop life and employability skills in a friendly, safe, yet real working environment.

For more details and contact information please click on the name to go to their record.

Multi- Sports – Barnsley Football Club provide multi sports sessions for children and young people aged 8-18 with a disability in school holidays and weekends during term time. 

Children are encouraged to take part in small group activities and team sports and make new friends to develop social skills and interactions.

All the staff have experience of working with children with a disability and employ support staff to assist with meeting any additional needs.  

Newsome Avenue - The unit provides respite care to children and young people aged 5-18 years, who have learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and or complex health needs.

To access Short Breaks at Newsome Avenue a social work assessment must take place.  For more information and contact details please click on the name to take you to their record.

Direct Payments - Direct Payments are cash payments made to people in lieu of social care support.  To receive Direct Payments you will have had an assessment which identifies that you are eligible to receive social care support.  Direct Payments aim to give you more flexibility in how your services are provided.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have greater choice and control over your life and are able to make your own decisions about how your care/support is delivered.

For more information please click on the name to take you to their record.

Holiday clubs – there are several holiday clubs around the borough that can be accessed as part of the Short Break service.  All staff will receive the relevant training to meet the individual needs of each child.  If you would like some assistance finding a holiday club please contact the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340 or email infofis@barnsley.gov.uk

Short Breaks - How you and your Family can benefit

Short Breaks FAQ's

If I have been granted a Short Break for the School Holidays do I have to reapply for every holiday?

No, when your Short Break has been granted, it is for all the holidays. They are reviewed annually and if you do not hear anything your Short Break continues.

If I have a Social Work Assessment do I automatically get granted a Short Break?

No, the social work assessment would provide the panel with the information they need to make the decision but your application will still be reviewed at panel.

If I have a concern about the Short Break Provider who can I contact?

You can contact the manager of the Disabled Children's Team, Sarah Day, on 01226 774050.

Do I need a Social Worker?

 No, not for tier one and two but you do for tier three.

If you require tier one short breaks you can self-refer or any professional working with the child can refer.

If you require tier two you can self-refer or any professional working with the child can refer but there does need to be an Early Help Assessment or Education Health and Care Plan in place.

If you require tier three you need a social work assessment.

Who can make a referral?

Families or anyone working with the child can make the referral for Short Breaks.

Will Staff be trained?

Yes. All staff offering Short Breaks will be given training to meet the needs of an individual child.  Please ensure the application for Short Breaks includes all the training required to meet the needs of the child eg, tube feeding, epi-pen training etc.

Is Transport provided?

No. Families are expected to transport their child to their Short Break.  In exceptional circumstances it may possible that transport could be provided. 

Can you apply for a Short Break outside of Barnsley?

Yes, it is possible to apply for a Short Break outside of Barnsley but you would need to apply in the same way to Barnsley.

Is there a cost for a Short Break?

There is no cost to the family for a Short Break. 

My child has been accessing an Early Years Short Break. The child is now over 5 and has submitted a new Short Break application to panel. Because the child already has been allocated a Short Break will the new application automatically be approved by panel?

An application for a 5 year old would not need to be re-sent to panel.  A 5 year old would be granted an Early Years Short Break.  If the setting they are currently attending does not offer care to over 5’s then a new setting would need to be sourced.  The Families Information Service can assist in finding a suitable setting.  You can contact them on 0800 0345 340 or infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk

If your child reaches 8 and you wish to move from an Early Years Setting to another provider you will need to resubmit an application to panel.  This would not automatically be approved.  Every application is assessed on an individual basis and the family circumstances may have changed since the original application.

My child lives in Barnsley but we would like to access their Short Break at an Early Years Setting within a different Local Authority, where do I apply?

Barnsley.  Any child living in Barnsley who would like a Short Break must apply to Barnsley council.  Please ensure you fill in the details of where you would like your child to attend when completing your application.

If my child is already accessing a setting but it is a term time only setting and we have been offered Short Breaks in the School Holidays, what are our options?

If your child cannot access their current setting in the School Holidays you can find another provider either a childminder, holiday club or day nursery.  If you need help finding a suitable provider the Families Information Service can help you with this.  You can contact them on 0800 0345 340 or infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk

If my child needs a care plan will this delay the process?

No Short Break placement can start until the provider has had all the necessary training and a care plan, if needed, is in place.  This is to ensure that the needs of the child can be fully met.

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