Working with the council on short breaks.

What are Short breaks ?

"Short breaks are activities for children and young people, usually away from home, that enable them to have fun and time with their peers, while at the same time giving a break to parents from their caring role.

Short breaks can be for the whole family together as well as for children and young people away from their family carers and range from a few hours’ of activities to longer times. They aim to enable disabled children to have opportunities to meet other children and to have fun, and to take part in everyday activities. They also aim to enable parents, carers and siblings to have some time free from their caring responsibilities.”


In 2019

Parents are still asking “what activities can we do with our children “

We are asking for more information about what is available to be added to the SEND Local offer ( managed by the council website) so parents have somewhere to look. This will not be ready until Sept 2019 and will need developing.

We have worked with the council to produce some further information about other groups that offer activities so that families will have a list to look at over the summer hols. .This will be finalised very soon July 2019

We have told the council that some families who have children with complex health needs feel they are unable to access proper short breaks where they as a carer can have a break but also where their own child can have things to do in the summer

more news to follow

We have asked the council from the results of the survey ( views collected 2017, results produced in 2018 ) do any of the existing short breaks that the council commission reflect what was in the survey findings?

The council asked us if we could be involved in reviewing the current short breaks . Because of this we are now looking at every single contract , is it what our families need? We are now collecting the views of families who currently use these services to ask them what they think. We will let you know what our findings are.

In 2018

South Glos Parents and Carers are working with the Local Authority and their new apprentice Daniel to develop a list of organisations who support Children and Young People in South Glos with additional needs and where the Pink Card could be used .   

Can you recommend any groups that your children currently use?

If so we can then provide these details to the Local Authority who will make contact directly with the organisation.  

We are keen to get as many groups as possible whether it's groups for children with additional needs only or groups who run groups for everyone but include our children really well.  

It would be great to have a list so we can collate this sort of information. 


In 2017

We are working with South Gloucestershire Council to obtain feedback about the current Short breaks that are on offer and looking for suggestions for the future.

Some families receive short breaks through social care for example a child in need assessment has been carried out by the 0-25 disability team and you may have been provided Direct Payments or provided hours from a group to take your child out.

Some families access short breaks where they are able to self refer themselves and a social care assessment is not needed. For example. the parent makes contact with an organisation that is funded by the council ie Playlink, Special Friends Club and  organise their child's holiday club.



The survey was completed and the results can be found here





South Glos Parents and Carers are working with the Local Authority to develop a list of organisations who support Children and Young People in South Glos with additional needs.   

Can you recommend any groups that your children currently use?

If so we can then provide these details to the Local Authority who will make contact directly with the organisation.  

We are keen to get as many groups as possible whether it's groups for children with additional needs only or groups who run groups for everyone but include our children really well.  

It would be great to have a list so we can collate this sort of information. 

Many thanks for your help with this.  SGPC Team