Short Breaks Services Statement

Emily Tyrrell made this Freedom of Information request to Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Dear Bracknell Forest 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?

Yours faithfully,

Emily Tyrrell

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Dear Emily Tyrrell

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council on 27/07/2015 and I will deal with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 24/08/2015) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Corporate Services Department
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Sent: 18^th August 2015

 

Dear Emily Tyrrell

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information which was received on 27^th July 2015.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

REQUEST AND RESPONSE

 

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.)? 

 

The Short Break Services Statement can be found on the Bracknell Forest
website at [1]www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/shortbreaks.  We have in the
region of 650 parents registered to receive emails so are aware they have
internet access to view the document if required.  Copies of the document
can also be obtained upon request via family support advisors within
schools.  Parents without access to the internet could request a copy
directly via the Short Break Service.

 

2)            How often do you review the Short breaks statement? When was
the last time you revised it and for what reason? 

 

Generally every 3 years; the current statement will be reviewed by the end
of 2015 pending changes to the SEND reform and our requirement to have a
Local Offer in place.  The document was originally written and published
towards the end of 2011.

 

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? 

 

Bracknell Forest offers a significant amount of subsidised short breaks
for children with disability for which there is no eligibility criteria.
 We also have other short breaks services for which there is an
eligibility criteria based on needs.   We are not aware of anyone that has
been refused access to any form of short break because of eligibility.    

 

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? 

 

Families would be consulted and involved in any review of the statement;
they were last involved in 2011 when over 600 parents were invited to
comment/ participate in a number of ways when the document was originally
published.  During 2013 and 2014 parents and children were consulted with
on a review of the short breaks service and the development of the SEN
reform; both consultations will be used to inform our next SB Statement
update.  Once a draft update is completed this will be presented to the
parent forum for consultation.  

 

5)            What evidence do you have that you deliver short breaks to
children and young people as outlined in your statement? 

 

We concluded a significant short breaks consultation in 2014 which
provided evidence of both impact and usage.   We commission a number of
short break service and contract monitoring includes uptake data.   We
offer a range of provisions and advertise a range of activities via our
termly update and have data that supports this within Specialist, Targeted
and Universal (specific numbers for Universal not collected but providers
known to us) settings.

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should use the Comments, Compliments and Complaints procedure which
can be found at

http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/comme....

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sent on behalf of;

Simon Heard

Solicitor

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

Easthampstead House

Town Square

Bracknell

Berks

RG12 1AQ

 

Tel: 01344 352000

DD Tel: 01344 353107

 

Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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