Short Breaks Services Statement

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Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information in relation to your Short Breaks Services Statement:

1) Where can families find your Short breaks Statement? What evidence do you have that the statement is accessible to families (i.e. unique visitors/ postal reach etc.)?
2) How often do you review the Short breaks statement? When was the last time you revised it and for what reason?
3) How many children have been refused short breaks services because of eligibility criteria in the last twelve months? How many of these had an assessment?
4) How often do you consult families on the content of the short breaks statement? When did this last happen and how many families were involved?
5) What evidence do you have that you deliver short breaks to children and young people as outlined in your statement?
6) How many children do you have records of that you consider to be currently eligible for short breaks?

Yours faithfully,

Emily Tyrrell

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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31/07/2015 13:26:15 GDT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - Short Breaks Services Statement

Dear St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, Under the Freedom of
Information Act, I request the following information in relation to your
Short Breaks Services Statement: 1) Where can families find your Short
breaks Statement? What evidence do you have that the statement is
accessible to families (i.e. unique visitors/ postal reach etc.)? 2) How
often do you review the Short breaks statement? When was the last time you
revised it and for what reason? 3) How many children have been refused
short breaks services because of eligibility criteria in the last twelve
months? How many of these had an assessment? 4) How often do you consult
families on the content of the short breaks statement? When did this last
happen and how many families were involved? 5) What evidence do you have
that you deliver short breaks to children and young people as outlined in
your statement? 6) How many children do you have records of that you
consider to be currently eligible for short breaks? Yours faithfully,
Emily Tyrrell
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

1) Families can find the Short Breaks Statement on the Council Website and
information about Short Breaks on the Local Offer Website. We do not
currently have that evidence but have asked the local Parent Participation
Forum to review the Local Offer Website and will rrspond accordingly.

2)The Statement is due for review. It has not been revised since its
initial production in 2011.

3)No children are discussed vat Short Breaks Panel without meeting the
eligability criteria so non were trefused on this basis.

4)Families were consulted in the development of the statementb and will be
consulted in its review.

5)We have a service Spreadsheet which is updated after each Short Breaks
Panel showing direct payments, Abbeyford overnight provision and
Commissionmed Services.

6)Every child that is open to the Children With Disabilities Team is
eligable for  Short Breaks. Currently there are 260 eligable.

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