See how your voices have been heard
In September and October 2017 we began working with the local authority to get feedback from our community on short breaks. Many of you responded to our online survey giving your honest feedback and expressing what you would like to see from the short breaks service. We want to thank all of those who took the time to contribute and we will continue to push to work co-productively with the local authority in this area. The full report on the findings of the survey has just been released.
In extract from the report, some of the key analysis and recommendations are:
- Awareness of Short Breaks 39% of respondents had not heard of Short Breaks and suggestions to promote them included getting information out via schools, Pre-schools, GPs, newsletters and the disability social worker team. We will circulate the finished ‘Menu of Choice’ for Short Breaks (see number 4) through these routes. Some Short Breaks can be accessed directly by parents/carers, whilst some providers will only accept referrals following a social care assessment. For Short Break eligibility criteria, please follow this link: http://www.southglos.gov.uk/documents/cyp110073.pdf
- Improving access and support to Short Breaks. The need for increased 1:1 support was raised by parents and carers, for example, so children could attend activities after school. PA, buddying and mentoring services are available, but there are criteria attached to this.
- Availability of Short Breaks Respondents requested more Short Breaks at weekends and holidays. Most Short Break providers do offer weekend and holiday schemes, but places can sometimes be limited. We will work with providers to look at more choice and opportunities for Short Breaks at weekends and during the school holidays.
- Increase the variety of Short Break activities that are available We will prepare a list of Short Break providers that can be accessed by parents online via the Local Offer and a manual catalogue that will have a range of service providers that have been quality assured and assessed. We will indicate where these services can be purchased directly by parents or carers without the need for assessment and those which are available to those who are eligible for local authority support. The survey revealed that children and young people have complex and different needs. We will work with providers to ensure there are activities for children with both physical disabilities and learning disabilities /difficulties to reflect their differing needs.
- Training & awareness Comments were made around the barriers faced by children and young people with disabilities, particularly those with autism, to accessing many facilities, clubs, groups and activities aimed at all children and young people. We will look to develop and promote training opportunities within South Gloucestershire to help all activity providers feel better able to encourage and support all children and young people to take part and ensure the activities they are providing are inclusive and welcoming.