Our vision is that all children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in County Durham are an important part of their local communities and that these are inclusive.
Whilst children and young people are taking part in out of school activities, this allows a short and natural break for you to catch up with everyday activities, time for you to look after you physical and mental health wellbeing, and maintain and develop your social networks.
Your child/young person can benefit from the development of new interests, keeping fit, socialising with new friends and taking part in hobbies.
Some families are telling us that they feel overwhelmed with information and don't always know what is going on which could be of interest to their family and others are telling us that their family needs a personalised solution suitable to their needs.
In response to this feedback from families we have now created a Short Breaks Solutions telephone line and email. If you feel you are in need of a short break from your caring role but unsure how to get one whilst within the family home environment, or outdoors within the guidelines - please contact Short Breaks Solutions by phoning the telephone or email address below, If nobody is available to answer please leave your name and contact number on the Short Breaks voicemail.
We can work together to co-ordinate a creative response for your family. The frequency, duration and timing of short breaks can vary considerably; from a child attending a virtual activity, leisure facility for a few hours per week through to a child spending time with a 1:1 community enabler. There is a small percentage of children whose needs are assessed by panel for the child to sleep at a children's residential setting overnight to secure a break for parent/carers.
The short break offer will be kept under review and updated in line with the guidance and needs of families. Please continue to share your views either by using the contact details above or completing the Carer short breaks survey.
For those families who have a social worker and are in receipt of outreach services or overnight respite., you can continue to link with your social worker in relation to these services where you feel you need more enhanced support than the short break solutions in the home. Your social worker will work with you on understanding the needs of your family during this time.