Short Breaks Services Statement

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Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,

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

1) 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

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2015/11634 - Short Breaks for Children

 

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Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2015/11634 - Short Breaks for Children

 

I refer to your request for information received on 03/08/2015.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

 

1.       What evidence do you have that the statement is accessible to
families (i.e. unique visitors/ postal reach etc.)?

The short breaks service statement is published on the local offer
website.  Between 13^th October 2014 and 31^st July 2015 the local offer
was viewed 9,648 times.  The social care and short breaks section of the
local offer was viewed 523 times and the short breaks service statement
itself was viewed 92 times.  The Disabled Children’s Register has over
1000 members and families receive a termly newsletter which includes
information

about short breaks and events/activities for children and families.  The
Council also has an identity and concession card (the Wand Card) to
support families in accessing universal services.  The Card has 831
members.  The Council publicises the Card widely including the use of
Parent Champions to raise the profile of the Card and the local offer in
their local communities.  The link to the relevant section of the local
offer is given below:-
[1]http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/wands...

 

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

The statement is reviewed regularly for accuracy and to ensure it reflects
the full range of breaks and services that have been discussed with
families.  It was last reviewed in April 2015 for accuracy and updating. 

 

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?

Zero.

 

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?

When the short breaks offer was originally developed a wide consultation
was held with as many families of children with disabilities as possible. 
We do not have a record of the numbers contacted.  The offer has been kept
under review by a short breaks working group involving representation from
Positive Parent Action, the local parent forum for families of children
and young people with SEND.  The work of this group has now been
incorporated into the local offer work stream and joint commissioning work
stream set up as part of the SEND Reforms.  These work streams have parent
representation and are co-chaired by a member of Positive Parent Action.

 

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

The Council monitors the number of children accessing short breaks
services and the hours provided.   In 2014/15 a total of 681 children
accessed short breaks, including children assessed for a service by the
Disabled Children’s Team, and 831 children now hold a Wand Card.   

 

6.       How many children do you have records of that you consider to be
currently eligible for short breaks?

The Council aims to provide short breaks services without the need for
further assessment and therefore does not hold records centrally regarding
eligibility.      

 

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Regards

Sue Murray

Corporate Support and Information Team

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