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Bradford Short Breaks for Disabled Children Service Statement Oct 2019 - 2020

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.

Please see Resources below to view the Short Breaks Statement 2019/20

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.




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