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RBWM Short break services (respite)

What are short breaks?

Short break services (also sometimes known as respite) aim to give:

  • children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities the opportunity to spend time away from their parents/carers having enjoyable experiences and developing their independence in new environments.

  • parents/carers a regular, planned break from the responsibilities of caring for their children and time to recharge their batteries.

Short break services come in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs of the child, young person and their family. They include: care during the day, after school, in the evenings or overnight in the child or young person’s home or elsewhere. They can also take place at weekends and during the school holidays. They might include a break for a child or young person away from their family or supporting families to take a short break together.

Short break services provided through the RBWM's Children and Young People Disability Service

There are a range of short breaks for children and young people aged 0-18 including:

Referral for Short Break Services is through the Early Help and  Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  See the referral section below for details.

Families who are receiving ongoing services from the Children and Young People Disability Service can contact the service directly on 01628 685878 or email CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk 

Further information

Who to contact

Contact Name
Children and Young People Disability Service
Telephone
CYPDS: 01628 685878, MASH: 01628 683150
E-mail
CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk or MASH@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Children and Young People Disability Service
Address
Service is based in Town Hall
St. Ives Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
Postcode
SL6 1RF

Other details

Related Links
Children and Young People Disability Service

Local Offer

Is your service accessible?
Support Workers work with children and young people with a range of needs to enable them to access short break activities. This includes children and young people with complex medical needs and physical difficulties. Workers receive appropriate training in individual medical care plans through the Community Nursing Team.

Staff may also have training in alternative communication methods such as Makaton, PECs and communication books to enable them to work with children and young people with limited or no verbal communication.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Access to the one to one short breaks depends on an assessment of need completed through the Children and Young People Disability Service.

Please see the eligibility criteria under 'useful documents' to the right of this page.

Referrals to the Children and Young People Disability Service can be made by families and professionals by calling 01628 685878 or emailing CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
If you would like to make a new referral for short break services, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Early Help Hub on 01628 683150 or email MASH@achievingforchildren.org.uk. Further information and request forms for the MASH are available on the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Royal Borough website.
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Families who are receiving ongoing services from the Children and Young People Disability Service can contact the service directly on 01628 685878 or email CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk
Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Yes
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs
Families pay for any activity costs for short breaks but the cost of the Support Worker is met by the Children and Young People Disability Service.
Feedback and complaints procedure
Any feedback or complaints are managed under RBWM's Complaint policy for Children’s Social Care. This is available at the following on the Council website. www.rbwm.gov.uk.
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You can also call on 01628 685878 or email CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk for details of the complaints process.
How will I know my child/ young person will be safe using this service?
Staff employed through the Children and Young People Disability Service and Support Worker agencies providing one to one support have a DBS (previously known as CRB) check. All staff also undertake targeted safeguarding children training, which is updated on a regular basis.
Local Offer Age Bands
0-5, 5-11, 11-16, Preparing for Adulthood, Parents and Carers
Supporting people with
  • Autism
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Hearing impairment
  • Medical needs
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Speech, language communication needs
  • Visual Impairment
Last Updated
21/11/2018

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