The Short Breaks for Disabled Children Service Statement is produced on an annual basis and this is the fourth (revised) Short Breaks Service Statement produced by Bradford Council.
Bradford has a multi-agency Short Breaks statement steering group who have responsibility for updating the statement on an annual basis.
The group consists of representatives from local authority, health, education, voluntary and community sector, parents, carers and children and young people. The Parents’ Forum for Bradford and Airedale (PFBA) regularly consult with parents and carers of disabled children and young people, have parent representatives on the Short Breaks group. This gives parents and carers of disabled children across the Bradford district the opportunity to feedback about the statement. We also consult with parents, carers children and young people on a regular basis in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of families within our District.
During the Aiming High for Disabled Children Programme (2008-2011), Short Break services were developed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in the local area. Short Breaks are now available to disabled children, young people and their families across the Bradford district.
Short Breaks give disabled children and young people the opportunity for an enjoyable experience with or without their primary carers. Short Breaks also allow parents and families a break from their caring responsibilities. Short Break activities can take place during the day, evening, overnight or weekend, and can range from a few hours e.g. at a play session or to a few days e.g. a weekend away.
A Short Break can take place in a parent or carers home, the home of an approved carer, or a residential or community setting.
Here you can view Bradford Council Short Breaks Statement 2019/20
Bradford Council is reviewing Short Break Services
We are currently reviewing our Short Break services in Bradford, we started with an online survey that took place during March-May 2020. The conclusion for this survey and the next steps can be found here.
Following on from this we are currently undertaking a series of Focus Groups with parents and carers to help inform our future Short Breaks Offer and our Short Breaks Statement which will be updated to demonstrate that we have listened and where possible taken action.
Our “you said, we did” feedback from the Focus Groups will be published shortly.
We appreciate that the current Covid-19 pandemic has impacted significantly on the Short Breaks services we are able to safely provide and that this in turn has impacted on children, young people and families with SEND. We apologies for this and hope it has not been too difficult for you.
We are committed to reviewing the services we provide and value your feedback for the future. If you would like to provide any feedback, no matter how relevant or important you may think your feedback is, or make any suggestions in relation to Short Breaks in Bradford (whether positive experiences or not so positive) please leave feedback by using the Rate this Service Short Breaks Statement link (or use the rate this service yellow button at the top left hand side of this page) and we are able to give consideration your feedback.
We very much welcome your views.
Kirsty Askew- Head of Service - Children’s Disabilities Service and 16+ Service
Lisa Brett- Head of Service -Early Help ＆ Prevention, Children's Services