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Short Breaks for Children and Young People in Barnsley

What is a short break?

It’s a chance for children and young people to take part in activities whilst giving parents/carers a break from their caring responsibilities. It must benefit the whole family, not just the child/young person.

Families can apply for a short break if the child or young person has a diagnosed disability. Please see the Short Breaks Statement on the right hand side of the page for more details (bottom of the page for mobiles).

Short Breaks CANNOT be used to replace childcare that enables parents to work.

Short Breaks - How you and your Family can benefit

Follow the link below to find out from 'Contact', a charity for families with disabled children, how a short break could benefit your family 

Short breaks - How you and your family can benefit

How can I Apply for a Short Break?

You can apply by downloading and completing an application form from the right hand side of this page (bottom of the page on mobiles). Completed applications should be sent to shortbreaksECS@barnsley.gov.uk. 

Or

Attend the monthly SEND information drop in at the Barnsley Metrodome 9.30am -12pm, staff can help you complete the form and provide further information. This terms sessions will take place on 22nd Jan 2020/ 26th Feb 2020 / 25th March 2020.

More info:  LocalOffer - SEND INFO DROP IN or the Local Offer Facebook page Barnsley send local offer

What Sort of Short Break Can I Apply For?

Depending on the age of your child here are some of the options available to you

  • Clubs and Group activities:
  • Positive Activities at The Ozone for ages 8 to 25
  • R Club Barnardos for ages 5 to 18 with complex physical disabilities

All settings can receive training to meet the individual needs of a child or young person.

 

What Happens After I Have Applied?

It will either be:

• Agreed – a suitable activity/provision will be offered

• Deferred – to request further information or clarification

• Declined – because the child/family do not currently meet the criteria for a short break

You will receive a letter within 21 days explaining the outcome and what steps to take next.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 0-5 Years

Children 0 to 5 can access their short break in an early years setting.  This can be a day nursery, childminder or family centre, this is dependent on staffing and capacity.

If your child is in a setting that can offer the short break then please include this in your application.

Settings will have a SENCO and staff will receive any training required.

If your child needs 1-2-1 support this will be arranged with the setting and must be included in your application.

Short Breaks within an early years setting are usually:

Tier One – UP TO 2 hours per week in term time and 5 hours per week in school holidays

OR

Tier Two – UP TO 5 hours per week in term time and 10 hours per week in school holidays.  For tier two the child must have an Early Help Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan in place. 

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

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

Outdoor Activities – Based at Silverwood Scout Camp.  Activities include crafts, games and activities, camp fire building. .

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. Newsome Avenue requires a social work assessment.

Direct Payments - To receive Direct Payments you will need an assessment identifying you’re eligible to receive social care support.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have more choice over how your support is delivered.

For more information visit  FSD - out of school and holiday clubs or call the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340

Short Breaks for Children Aged 8 Years and Over

Short Breaks for Children Aged 8 Years and Over

Positive Activities - Barnsley Short Breaks Programme offers a variety of sessions for 8-17 year olds, including a group for those with an ASD diagnosis. All sessions give access to IT, arts and crafts, creative media and the opportunity to meet others and develop friendships.

Outdoor Activities – Based at Silverwood Scout Camp.  Activities include crafts, games and activities, camp fire building. 

Snap Tin Café - A community cafe based in Goldthorpe providing a fully inclusive Shop, Cook and Eat experience for young people with disabilities.

Reds in the Community Disability Multi Sports  - Barnsley FC provide multi sports sessions for those aged 8-18 with a disability. Children can take part in small group activities and team sports to make new friends, develop social skills and interactions.

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 Newsome Avenue a social work assessment must take place. 

Direct Payments - To receive Direct Payments you will need an assessment identifying you’re eligible to receive social care support.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have more choice over how your support is delivered.

Barnsley YMCA TYI Friday - THANK YOU IT'S FRIDAY provides a range of youth club type activities including arts & crafts, sports & games, creative media & music, healthy living, seasonal activities, along with issue based and independent skills projects and opportunities for peer support and volunteering.

Barnardo’s  Club - Offers short breaks twice per week during the school holidays at Priory Family Centre for those people aged 8-18 with disabilities and complex health needs. Its aims are to support children in building confidence and self-esteem, to contribute to personal and social development, enabling friendships to be made, and to provide opportunities to develop new skills. Various activities are available such as arts and crafts, sports, baking, outdoor play, music and a sensory room.

For more information on Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs visit FSD - out of school and holiday clubs or call the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340

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?

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. 

Is there a cost for a Short Break?

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

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

Further Information

You can download the Shortbreaks Statement from the right hand side of the page (bottom of the page on mobiles).

If you still need to speak to someone call the Disabled Children’s Team on 01226 774050 or email shortbreaksECS@barnsley.gov.uk

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