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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. 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.

The Covid 19 List of Local Offer Short Breaks Summer Provision has been added to the downloads section on the right of the page.

Survey on provision

We are looking for feedback on our Short Breaks activity and holiday provision to inform future procurement activity.  If your child attends short breaks activity/holiday provision your feedback is very much appreciated.  The survey will be open until Thursday 25th September at 12 noon.

 

https://surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/Shortbreakscommissionedservices/

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. 

Or

Visit the monthly SEND info drop in at the Barnsley Metrodome 9:30am -12pm, staff can help you with the form and give more info. This terms sessions take place on 22nd Jan 2020/ 26th Feb 2020 / 25th March 2020.

More info: LocalOffer - SEND INFO DROP IN or the Local Offer Facebook page Barnsley send local offer

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

Children 0 to 5 can use their short break in an early years setting.  This can be a day nursery, childminder or family centre; this depends on staffing and space.

If your child is in a setting that can offer the short break then please include this in your application.

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

If your child needs 1-2-1 support this will be arranged with the setting and must be put in your application.

Short Breaks in 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.  For tier two the child needs an Early Help Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan. 

If a family needs more than the tier two level of support a full social work assessment is needed.

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. (From age 8)

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. 

Snap Tin Café - A community cafe based in Goldthorpe providing a fully inclusive Shop, Cook and Eat experience for young people with disabilities.

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

Local Offer Guide - this is available in a printed format if families request it, email infoFIS@barnsley.gov.uk or call 0800 0345 340 Do you need help to use our website? Family Fund Apply now! - emergency funding for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children BMBC Guidance on Education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to temporary legislative changes relating to COVID-19
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