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Short Breaks for Children and Young People in Barnsley

What is a short break?

It lets children and young people take part in activities and gives parents/carers a break. It must benefit the whole family, not just the child/young person.

Families can apply if the child or young person has a diagnosed disability.

If your child has an ADHD diagnosis on its' own they will not be eligible for a Short Break. 

Please see the Short Breaks Statement on the right of the page for details (bottom for mobiles).

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

 

Short Breaks - How you and your Family can benefit

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

Short breaks - How you and your family can benefit

How can I Apply for a Short Break?

Apply by filling out an application form from the right of this page (bottom on mobiles). Send finished applications to shortbreaksECS@barnsley.gov.uk. 

 

What Sort of Short Break Can I Apply For?

Depending on your child’s age, here are some of the choices for you:

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

All settings can get training for the needs of a child or young person.

What Happens After I Have Applied?

It will either be:

• Agreed – a suitable activity will be offered

• Deferred – to request more info

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

You will get a letter within 21 days with the result and the next steps.

Short Breaks for Children Aged 0-5 Years

There are a number of places where Children who are between 0 and 5 usually access their short break 

  • day nurseries 
  • childminders
  • family centres. (term time only)

(If your child is already in a setting who can offer the short break then please include this in your application.)

Sometimes it might not be possible to get your chosen setting due to staffing issues and the number of children the setting can take.

(If your child needs 1-2-1 support then this will be arranged with the setting. Please include this information in your application.)

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

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

The short break offer is dependent on the child and family’s individual circumstances. The maximum amount could be:

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

OR

UP TO 5 hours per week in term time and 10 hours per week in school holidays. 

To get the higher level the child must have an Early Help Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan in place. 

If a family requires more than the higher level tsupport a social work assessment is needed.

If a family get  a short break, they should arrange the times and dates the child will attend with the setting.

Payment will be sent direct to the setting by the Short Breaks Business Support Team.

You can find out more information about short breaks on the Local Offer website

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

Short Breaks for Children Aged 5-8 Years

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

Newsome Avenue – They give care to children and young people aged 5-18 years, who have learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and/or complex health needs. Newsome Avenue needs a social work assessment.

Direct Payments - To get Direct Payments you need an assessment to see if you can get social care support.  By giving you money instead of social care, you have more choice over how your support is delivered.

For more info 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 various 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 make friends.

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

Reds in the Community Disability Multi Sports  - Barnsley FC do 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 - They give care to children and young people aged 5-18 years, who have learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and/or complex health needs. Newsome Avenue needs a social work assessment.

Direct Payments - To get Direct Payments you need an assessment to see if you can get social care support.  By giving you money instead of social care, you have more choice over how your support is delivered.

Barnsley YMCA TYI Friday - THANK YOU IT'S FRIDAY give a range of youth club activities including arts, sports, music, healthy living and seasonal activities. They teach independent skills and give chances for volunteering.

 short breaks twice a week in the school holidays at Priory Family Centre for those aged 8-18 with disabilities and complex health needs. Its helps: childrens confidence and self-esteem, their personal and social development, making friends and gives chances for new skills. Lots of youth club activities are on offer.

For more info on Out of School Clubs and Holiday Clubs visit FSD - out of school and holiday clubs or call 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 yearly 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 give the panel 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 need tier one short breaks you can self-refer or any professional working with the child can refer.If you need 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 take their child to their Short Break.  In special circumstances it’s possible that transport could be provided. 

Is there a cost for a Short Break?

No, they won’t cost your family anything.

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 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. Contact them on 0800 0345 340 or infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk

Further Information

Download the Short Breaks Statement from the right of the page (bottom on mobiles).

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

Short Breaks Statement 2020

The latest statement is available in an accesible website  format in the downloads section. An original version can be emailed to you if you contact  ShortBreaksECS@barnsley.gov.uk

Short Breaks Panel meeting dates

Short Break Panel dates 2021/2022

Every Second Wednesday of the month

13th January 2021

10th February 2021

10th March 2021

14th April 2021

12th May 2021

9th June 2021

14th July 2021

11th August 2021

15th September 2021

13th October 2021

10th November 2021

8th December 2021

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