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Short Breaks Statement

Welcome to the East Riding of Yorkshire’s Short Break Statement for children and young people with special educational needs and/or Disabilities.  The aim of this document is to tell you what a short break is and give information about short breaks for children and young people with special educational needs and/or Disabilities and how to access them.  Further information about short break opportunities can be found here on the East Riding Local Offer website.

What is a Short Break?

Short Breaks for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, come in many different forms.  They can:

  • give children and young people with special educational needs and/or Disabilities, opportunities to enjoy fun social, leisure or educational activities, with or without their parent or carer
  • give parent or carers a break from caring, enabling them to have time to undertake whatever they would like to do, such as leisure activities, day-to-day tasks, spending time with other family members or education/training opportunities.

Short Breaks can last anything from a couple of hours, to a number of days in the home or else where and can be offered during daytimes, evenings, weekends and school holidays.  For some short breaks an assessment of need may be necessary to ensure that the right level of support and short break activities/services are used.

What is a Short Break Statement?

Every local authority has to provide a statement. A short break statement gives information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, such as:

  • the types of short break services that can offer breaks from caring and the support available for families, that is personalised and achieves positive outcomes.
  • who can access short breaks
  • finding out what other help is available
  • how families can feedback their views on short breaks.

Who is a short break for?

Generally, all children, young people and their parents and carers can access short breaks through a range of activities and services available in the local community.  These are known as Universal Services. However, this statement is a guide to the services offered by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and by other organisations, highlighting the range of short break activities available for disabled children and young people, aged 0-18 years.  These are known as Targeted and Specialist Services.

Within the East Riding, there are estimated to be around 13,000* children and young people with self-reported longstanding illnesses or a disability .  The majority of these children and young people will be able to access Universal short breaks without support.  Within this total, there are around 1,400 who may require more targeted or specialist support.

(*These numbers are self-reported by parents in the East Riding of Yorkshire, through a national survey called the ‘General Household Survey’ and is used by Public Health England to inform a range of public services.  Data available from Atlas National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network website (external website)

What do we mean by disabilities?

The current SEND Code of Practice covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to children and young people with a disability as well as those with special educational needs.

Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is: ‘…a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day to day activities’.  Long –term means ‘more than a year’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. 

What financial support can I access to help with short break activities?

There is a limited range of financial support available that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents and carers may be entitled to claim/use.  If eligible, these funding opportunities may help you access a range of short break activities or other social, leisure or education opportunities.  

Please visit the following pages for further details:

Grant Giving Organisations

Personal Budget

East Riding Local Offer - 2, 3 and 4-year-old funding (which can help enable you to access education and social activities)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) can also help towards the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child. DLA is:

  • not means-tested (your financial circumstances will not be taken into account) not taxable, and
  • does not reduce other benefits. In some cases DLA can increase the amount of benefit you get, or help you to qualify for other benefits (such as Carer’s Allowance and/or tax credits).

For further details visit the Disability-specific-financial-support page or you could contact the Disability Living Allowance helpline directly for more information on:

Tel: 0345 712 3456

Is transport provided to short break activities?

Transport is not routinely provided to access short break provision.  It is expected that parents and carers take responsibility for transporting the children/young people they care for to events and activities, or make arrangements for this to happen.  However, we do recognise that transport can be difficult for some families.  This could be discussed with the activities’ service provider, as they may offer transport, or parents and carers could organise transport together if they are going to the same activities.  Transport concerns and issues would also be picked up through assessment, if there is a need identified.

Please contact the Special Educational Needs Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) on (01482) 396469 for further details and also access the following page on the East Riding Local Offer for further information about benefits:

An East Riding parent said:

"Accessing a range of local short break activities is keeping my son active, motivated and improving his socialising skills, as well as being calming.  It has positives for him and us as well".

Assessing the needs of the child or young person with special educational needs and/or disability requires a systematic and purposeful approach. All public sector agencies across education, health and care use the same Framework for the Assessment of Children In Need and their Families. This is a holistic approach to gathering and analysing relevant information to determine how best to meet and achieve positive outcomes, see below:

Child Safeguarding and promoting welfare chart

Universal Services:

Universal services are everyday activities or events that are used as short break opportunities by most children, young people and their families. The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities are able to, and, where possible should, in the first instance, access a short break opportunity by using free or affordable local services within their local communities, such as:

Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Girl Guides, before and after school clubs, various leisure activities, Libraries, community sports centre activities, Youth Activities, family activity days/events, group-based activities, early year’s childcare and a range of support and activities delivered by voluntary and community groups.

For information about universal services available, please follow the link below to search the FISH directories on the FISH website:

Families Information Service Hub (FISH) (external council website)

Alternatively, please contact FISH on (01482) 396469.

Eligibility

Universal services should be inclusive and open to all children and young people including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.  Services have a duty to make reasonable adjustments and must not treat anyone less favourably.  However, not all universal services may be suitable for everyone.  Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents and carers can contact the service providers directly to discuss:

  • what is on offer
  • any eligibility criteria
  • the needs they can support
  • the availability of spaces
  • any fees.

Access by children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities

East Riding of Yorkshire Council can provide advice to service providers through to SENDIASS, to help more services enable children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, have access to their provision.  If you find a service that you think could benefit from having advice on how to adjust their provision – please ask them to contact the SENDIASS Team who will offer their help. 

Tel: (01482) 396469.

Additional help to use Universal Services

If a child or young person has difficulty accessing universal services this should be discussed with the service provider first.  You can ask that the service provider undertake a risk assessment to help identify the issues and explore next steps.

If Universal activities and services are not able to meet your child’s needs, please look at the support and services available within the Targeted Services.

Targeted Services:

Targeted services are short break opportunities suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities with high needs, who require additional support.

Examples are specialist holiday play schemes; group based day care; individual day care; a range of supported leisure clubs/activities including youth theatres, soft play, music groups and other family activity groups.

A full range of targeted support and services is available on the following Local Offer pages:

Local Offer - Early years and childcare 

Local Offer - Support for parent carers

Local Offer - Nursing and health visitors

Local Offer - Education

Local Offer - Money matters

Local Offer - Leisure

Local Offer - Moving to adulthood - Community inclusion

Local Links (external website)


Alternatively, contact SENDIASS on (01482) 396469.

Specialist Services:

All children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities should try universal and targeted activities and services initially.  Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities cannot access specialist services without an assessment. 

For further details and information on specialist  services that aim to support children and young people with high and exceptional needs, please contact the SENDIASS Team on (01482) 396469 or please find further information relating to the eligibility for an assessment on the Local Offer:

The following East Riding Local Offer page has a general overview of some of the support available if a child or young person has had a ‘Single Assessment’ which could be undertaken by either a Social Worker or the Children’s Disability and Health Team:

Accessing overnight short breaks:

Accessing overnight short breaks is only available through a ‘Single Assessment’ if needs are identified.

Personal Budget:

A Personal Budget is the amount of money identified by the local authority to meet the assessed needs of disabled children or young people, as set out in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or a Support Plan.  A Personal Budget will give you more of a say in how that money is spent and can allow you to purchase some of the services and support your child’s needs. 

For further information please visit Personal budgets.

What activities and support is available for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 18 – 25 years?

Many of the Universal and some of the Targeted and Specialist activities and services are still available for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 18 - 25 years.  Please have a look through the following information on the Local Offer links to both Universal and Targeted activities and services:

The Family Information Service Hub (FISH) activities page (external council website)

Available Targeted services:

Local Offer - Leisure services

Alternatively, contact SENDIASS on (01482) 396469 for further help and support.

Connect to Support:

Additionally, young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 18 plus, may want to try new activities and services available to them, through Adult Social Care.

The main portal, Connect to Support East Riding, also has a wide range of activities, services and support available that may be appropriate to meet assessed needs (please also check each individual service for any costs). 

Please find the following link to the Connect to Support East Riding website:

Connect to Support - Where I Live

What additional support is there for parents and carers of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 years?

There is also a range of support and schemes with additional benefits available for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, for example, the LOOK AHEAD. 

Please contact the SENDIAS Service for more information on (01482) 396469.

Local Offer - Care and support - Support for parent carers

Other support available for all carers:

We appreciate the important role carers play in the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities they care for.  Please find additional information about other types of support for carers of all ages via the next panel below entitled 'Support for young carers and siblings, who are aged up to 18 years'.

What is meant by a Young Carer and sibling?  

Young carers and siblings are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.  The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, including the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

Some young carers and siblings may undertake high levels of care whereas for others it may be frequent low levels of care. Either can impact heavily on a child or young person.

Where can I go to for support and what services are available?

If you think you/your child or their sibling may need additional support, a range of information, advice and support is available from SENDIASS (01482) 396469, or from the pastoral staff at your/your child’s school, and also available from the local young carers' project, which is based at Anlaby Children's Centre:

East Riding young carers and siblings service
Children's participation and rights team
Tel: (01482) 565560

The East Riding young carers and sibling’s service accept referrals either from a professional involved with you and your family or a ‘self’ referral, or view the following Local Offer page for initial details:

Local Offer - Other care and support services


The East Riding Carers’ Support Service can offer a range of information, advice and benefits checks for adult carers and can highlight a range of other support and services available.  Some of which have eligibility criteria.

The East Riding Carers Support Service also offers a number of services to eligible carers, including:

  • information, advice, and support
  • financial support, including a personal budget
  • support groups for carers throughout the East Riding
  • 'We Care' newsletter
  • activities and training courses designed to support carers in their caring role
  • carers' emergency cover service
  • support organising respite care services and short breaks.

How can you find out if you are eligible for support?

You can ask us for an assessment of your needs if:

  • the person you care for lives in the East Riding, even if you live in a different council area yourself.
  • the person you care for is 18 years old or over.


Contact the East Riding Carers Support Service:

East Riding Carers Support Service
18 Wednesday Market,
Beverley,
HU17 0DJ

or

Telephone: 0800 917 6844 (Freephone)
Email: ercarers@eastriding.gov.uk

What additional support is there for adult carers of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 18-25 years?

  • The Connect to Support website also has a wider range of activities, services and support available that may be of assistance to you (please check each individual service for any costs).  Please find the following link to the Connect to Support East Riding website:

Connect to Support East Riding website (external council website)


We want to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents and carers and/or the young person’s representatives have the opportunity to participate and feedback their views on, not only this document and short break provision but also a range of other issues and services.  This will be undertaken by asking for and receiving feedback via the Local Offer, events and activities held in partnership with the East Riding Voices In Partnership (ERVIP) Group, as well as direct contact with services.

If you, or any family member, would like to participate in any aspect of supporting the development of services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or Disability, then please find more information via the following link to East Riding Voices in Partnership (ERVIP):