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Newsome Avenue - Short Breaks Service

Who we are 

Newsome Avenue is one part of the overall Short Breaks Service provision in Barnsley.

The home provides a service to children and young people with complex health needs, life limiting conditions, physical and learning disabilities, ASD, ADHD and associated behavioural difficulties. Children and Young People accessing this specialist service are aged 5-17 years.

How to access provision at Newsome

To access the provision, an application must first be made to the Short Breaks Service. You can find more information about this here.

If a child/young person is referred for Short Breaks, a Social Worker from the Disabled Children's Team will complete an assessment prior to an application being formally made to the Specialist Allocation Panel.The panel will consider the application and determine whether it meets the criteria for Short Breaks. If so, the panel will agree a package of care for each individual based on need. Once this has been agreed, an introduction to Newsome Avenue will be arranged with the family.

What happens next?

The family is invited to look around before the child/young person attends any formal visits at Newsome.  Formal Visits will then commence in a progressive way.

"Tea-Time" Visit: The child/young person will have a number of these visits at first to acclimatise to the different environement and get to know the staff.

Day-Care Visit: Once the child/young person has settled in, they will progress to attending for visits in the day time.

Overnight Stays: These are as individual as the child and will only be considered if appropriate and based upon the package of care agreed by the Panel.

Care Plans are devised by staff who act as individual link workers to children/young people and staff support them to achieve their full potential. Children/Young People are encouraged to be involved with devising their Care Plans and also to attend CIN meetings and LAC reviews.

Please Note: Packages of Care are regularly reviewed by the panel. The home also supports a commissioned package of care from another Local Authority.

Things To Do at Newsome

There are various activities available at Newsome Avenue with play opportunities both indoors and outdoors. There is an outisde climbing frame with a slide and a disabled access swing. There is also a playroom with a wide range of toys, a football table, drum kit and ball pool. There is a range of arts and crafts materials, toys and board games. The home also offers access to electronic equipmement including TV's, X-Boxes, Playstations and Wii's inclduing a variety of games.

Staff take the children/young people on regular outings into the community to engage in activities such as shopping, bowling, visiting the seaside or going to the cinema. They also go on walks and visits to the local park. The children/young people choose which activities they would like to do and the places they would like to visit.

Staff ensure to take individual needs, medical needs and risk assessments into account at all times.

Please Note: We sometimes have to ask parents/carers for a small contribution towards pocket money for trips and days out.

Other Information

  • Dependent on their individual circumstances, the child/young person may be admitted to/discharged from the home via school. Where possible, stays can be planned to coincide with friends from school or other peers who attend Newsome. Likewise, their may be children and young people who have stays planned for different times. Careful consideration is taken with the matching process.
  • Meals and special diets/cultural requirements are catered for at Newsome. Independence is encouraged with regards to meal preperation.
  • Prescribed medication will be administered at the home in accordance with the Drugs Procedure. Staff are trained in administering rescue medication to childrem and young people with epilepsy.
  • Personal Hygiene is promoted and children/young people are encouraged to have a bath/shower according to their needs.
  • Any personal belongings from home are welcomed; this can make a stay more pleasant and enjoyable making it feel like a home away from home.
  • Mobile phones and electronic equipment are allowed. An 'electronics form' must be signed by the parent/carer and child/young person. They must also sign an 'E-Safety User Agreement' to state that they accept responsibility for their own items.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Wharton
Contact Position

Where to go

Newsome Avenue - Short Breaks Service
35, Newsome Avenue
South Yorkshire
S73 8QS

Other Details


Places at Newsome Avenue are funded by the Short Breaks Service and must be approved by the Specialist Allocation Panel.

Local Offer


The service aims to meet the assessed needs of children, young people and their families by offering Short Breaks care by trained, caring and experienced staff in a clean, safe, comfortable and fun environment.

Last updated on 15/02/2019
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