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Inclusive Leisure and Activities

A Short Break is thought of as any daytime social or leisure activity or service that:

  • Allows a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities.
  • Enable disabled children and young people to have the chance to develop new friendships, take part in new experiences and to have fun doing positive activities like sports, music, youth clubs and much more.
    There are groups and activities available in Blackpool to ensure that these breaks are accessible.

Local Authorities are required to provide parents with a Short Break Services Statement detailing the range of available breaks and any eligibilty criteria attached to them. This is detailed below:

A Short Break is thought of as any daytime social or leisure activity or service that: Allows a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities. Enable disabled children and young people…More...

    Short Breaks give Children and young people with disabilities the opportunity to spend time away from their main carer. A short break should enable parents/ carers to have a break from caring, developing positive family relationships as a result. Children and young people with disabilities should be involved in a range of activities that they want to do and have a say in what services shall be available. They should have the opportunity to make friends, have fun and develop their confidence and independence.

    Short breaks are additional services over and above the universal services expected and available to all families.


     Scheme Description

     
     Provider


     Age Group


     When


     Referrals

     Activities and Outings

     Aiming Higher

     All

     Varies

     Telephone
     01253 206448

     After School Club

     ALS

     Sessions for
     8 years and over
     Under 8 years

     After school Term times

     Telephone
     07540 091300

     Holiday Club

     ALS

     Sessions for
     8 years and over
     Under 8 years

     School Holidays during August

     Telephone
     07540 091300

     Holiday Club

     Play Inclusion Project

     Sessions for
     8 years and over

     School Holidays

     Telephone
     01253 899883

     Holiday Club

     SNAP

     Sessions for
     8 years and over

     School Holidays

     Telephone
     07545 883949

     Specialised Overnight care

     Blackpool Council

     Aged 5 - 17 years

     As required

     Assessment team
     Telephone
     01253 477299

    Where an assessment of need has been completed a Resource Allocation Panel will consider the level of service required.  A young person would be considered for a place where the following criteria have been met:

    • Access to overnight care where Young person is aged between 5 and 17 years old and has a complex learning and/or physical disability which cannot be supported via family placement.
    • The Assessment and Care Plan identifies the need for a young person to access short breaks within Hornby Road.
    • The support is required to prevent breakdown of the caring situation due to the impact on parent/carer's physical or mental health.
    • The child's sleep pattern is irregular and results in significant disturbed sleep for parents/family members.
    • Behavioural demands significantly impair normal family functioning.
    • The support will aid the child to attain greater personal and emotional independence.
    • The support offered will contribute to maintaining the quality of life of parent/family members.

    Short breaks are available to children and young people who live in Blackpool and have a disability or Special Educational Need.  At the present time there is no formal eligibility criterion for short breaks that are not over night.

    The service provider will discuss with the child, young person and their family the kind of support they need.  The service provider or one of the professionals involved with the child or young person may need to make an assessment of their needs.

    Parent/carers are required to make a financial contribution towards activities, holiday and after school clubs.  Further information is available from providers.

    There are advisory groups to support families.  Blackpool Council works closely with the Blackpool Parent Forum and the SEND IASS service.

    Blackpool Council is currently reviewing Short Breaks provision for supporting families and carers of disabled children.  A refreshed Short Breaks Service Statement will be published if there are any changes as a result of the review.  The views of families, parents and carers will be taken into account during the review.

    If you need any further help in finding a service that can help you, in the first instance please write or email:

    Blackpool Council
    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
    P O Box 4
    Blackpool
    Lancashire
    FY1 1NA

    Email:  send@blackpool.gov.uk

    Tel:  01253 476602 or 476553

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