Providing greater choice and flexibility
Short breaks for children and young people with disabilities and their families and carers
The council and clinical commissioning group (CCG)’s shared vision for children and young people with disabilities is that they are healthy, safe and achieve well; and that they go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives with choice and control.
As part of this vision the council and the CCG have worked closely over the past two years to develop a range of services to provide “short breaks” for children and young people with disabilities, and their families. This includes enabling families to have support in local family based settings, which is something that families told us they wanted when we worked with them to develop our initial proposals in 2012.
Unfortunately, when we went out to procurement, the market response was limited, and we have not been able to commission the full range of “short breaks” services that children/young people and their families told us they wanted.