The Short Breaks for Disabled Children team has a variety of services to help families of children and young people who have a disability in Doncaster.
These services include -
Short Breaks (from caring responsibilities)
Children's Direct Payment Support Service
Holiday Activities Timetable
TIE - Doncaster's register of children and young people with a disability
TIE membership card
eLearning for parents and professionals
Short Break Panel
The Short Break Panel meets on a weekly basis to discuss the cases that have been referred by a lead professional on behalf of parents/carers. The cases are requests for short breaks from caring responsibilities from parents/carers who have a child with a disability.
If your case is successful, some of the outcomes may include overnight residential care, a sessional worker to work with your child or a set number of hours to be used a as 'direct payment'.
(Direct payment awards are passed across to the children's direct payment support service)
To be referred to short break panel, you would need to find a lead professional if you do not have a social worker. This could be, for example, someone from your child's school, a worker from the children's centre, health visitor - someone who is 'CAF' (Common Assessment Framework) trained and knows your family.
The first step would be to complete a 'CAF' (Common Assessment Framework) form with your lead professional and then hold a 'TAC' (Team Around the Child) meeting. Once this has been done your case for a short break can be submitted by your lead professional by contacting Short Breaks - 01302 862332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Doncaster Council's Short Break Statement 2017
The 'Short Break Statement 2017' document that is attached to this page contains information on Doncaster's current Short Break Statement.
Short Breaks Statement Review - Use your voice!
- Are you a child or young person with SEND?
- Are you the parent/carer of a child/young person with SEND?
- Would you like to have your say?
Please find link below to a very short questionnaire regarding our recent consultation events. We would very much appreciate your feedback.
For more information contact:
Telephone: 01302 862133
Children's Direct Payment Support Service
The Children's Direct Payment Support Service (CDPSS) is there to help you use the direct payments that have been allocated to your child. Currently the hours are usually used by parents/guardians to employ a 'Personal Assistant' to look after their child in order to give them the short break from caring responsibilities that they are after.
The service is there to help you use direct payments by setting you up as an employer, to help with payroll services, insurance, any DBS (previously CRB) checks that need to be done and provide employer/employee contracts amongst other things.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the CDPSS (part of the Short Breaks team) - 01302 736068 or email email@example.com
Doncaster Council will be moving towards providing children and young people who need social care a 'Personal Budget. This is not a pot of money but allows families to have more choice and flexibility where there is a need for support. However, for example, if a family insisted to continue to employ a personal assistant the cost of this would be drawn from their personal budget.
More information will be posted on this site as this progresses. In the process of moving over to personal budgets you may be asked if the Short Breaks team can complete a 'RAS' with you. This is simply a questionnaire designed to find out the needs of our child. You can find a copy of the RAS questions currently being used in the downloads section on this page.
The Holiday Activity Timetable
Short Breaks produces an activities timetable for each school holiday to offer extra support to parents and carers.
The timetable includes a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, sports sessions as well as family activities such as cinema, theatre and days out.
The timetable is sent out to special schools and children's centres - but if you are a member of the Together Information Exchange register you will receive the timetable automatically to your home address.
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