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Short Breaks for Children and Young People in Barnsley

What is a short break?

An opportunity for children and young people to take part in activities whilst giving parents/ carers a break from their caring responsibilities.

Families can apply for a short break if the child or young person has a diagnosed disability. ADHD as a sole diagnosis does not qualify.

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

The short break must benefit the whole family, not just the child/young person.

How can I apply for a short break?

Parent / carers or a professional working with the family can complete a short break application form.

You can download an application form by clicking on the useful downloads at the right hand side of this page.

Or

Attend the SEND information drop in at the O Zone Barnsley Football Club the first Thursday of every month 9.30am - 12pm.  Staff will support you to complete the form and give further information about the type of short break you can apply for. For more information visit the Local Offer  LocalOffer - SEND INFO DROP IN or the Local Offer Facebook page Barnsley send local offer

Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to shortbreaksECS@barnsley.gov.uk. 

What sort of short break can I apply for?

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

What happens after I have applied?

The monthly short break panel will discuss the application, 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.

 Further Information

You can download the Shortbreaks statement on the useful downloads on the right hand side of the page.

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

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.  Please note that family centres are term time only.

If your child is already in a setting and they have availability to offer the short break then please include this in your application.

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 more information you can visit  Local Offer - Early Years and Childcare or call the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340

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

If your child needs 1-2-1 support then this will be arranged with the setting. You must include this information 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.  To access tier two the child must have an Early Help Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan in place. 

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.

It is the responsibility of the family and the setting to arrange the times and dates the child will attend.  Payment will be sent direct to the setting by the Short Breaks Business Support Team.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

For more information about Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs that may be able to offer a short break placement visit  FSD - out of school and holiday clubs or call the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340

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. To access Newsome Avenue a social work assessment must take place. 

Direct Payments -  To receive Direct Payments you will have had an assessment which identifies that you are eligible to receive social care support. They aim to give you more flexibility in how your services are provided.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have more choice and control over how your care/support is delivered.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 8 Years and Over

Positive Activities - Barnsley Targeted Youth Support Short Breaks Programme offers a variety of sessions for children and young people aged 8-17, including a group for children and young people with an ASD diagnosis. All sessions give access to IT, arts and crafts, creative media and the opportunity to meet other young people and develop friendships.

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

Snap Tin Café - A community cafe based in Goldthorpe offering a variety of opportunities to continue to develop life and employability skills in a friendly, safe, yet real working environment.

Reds in the Community Disability 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.

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 have had an assessment which identifies that you are eligible to receive social care support. They aim to give you more flexibility in how your services are provided.  By giving you money instead of social care services, you have more choice and control over how your care/support is delivered.

Barnsley YMCA TYI Friday - THANK YOU IT'S FRIDAY Short Breaks Provision 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.

For more information about Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs that may be able to offer a short break placement visit  FSD - out of school and holiday clubs or call the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340

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?

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

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