Lancashire Short Break Services Statement

May 2019  

The Lancashire Short Break Services Statement is currently being updated. The statement will include the local authority offer and eligibility criteria from Lancashire County Council. We will publish this statement as soon as we can.

We are currently consulting on the Lancashire Break Time Service.

Lead officer responsible for the statement

From 1 April 2019 the lead officer responsible for preparing the statement is the south senior manager, if you have any questions about the statement contact inclusion.south@lancashire.gov.uk.

Legislative background

The Children Act 1989 Paragraph 6(1)(c) of Schedule 2 requires local authorities to provide services designed to give breaks for carers of disabled children and young people.  Local authorities are required to produce a Short Breaks Services Statement so that families know what services are available, the eligibility criteria for these services, and how the range of services are designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children and young people in their area.

To summarise, paragraph 6(1)(c) of Schedule 2 of the Children Act 1989, requires local authorities to provide services designed to give breaks for carers of disabled children and young people.

In order to ensure this is achieved, local authorities must have regard to the needs of carers in respect of their capacity to care for, or continue to care for, their disabled child, and must provide a range of services designed to meet this need.

Local authorities when doing this must take into account the needs of carers who would;

  • be unable to continue caring for their child unless breaks from caring were given
  • be able to give more effective care if breaks were given to allow them for example, to meet the needs of other children and young people in the family, or to carry out necessary day-to-day tasks in the household.

Local authorities must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide a range of services sufficient to meet the needs of carers to care, or care more effectively, including:

  • day care in the child’s own home and elsewhere
  • overnight care in the child’s own home and elsewhere
  • educational or leisure activities for children and young people outside their own homes
  • services in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays

Local authorities must prepare a statement for carers setting out the range of services available and any eligibility criteria. These services will be either universal, targeted or specialist.

Universal services are available to any child whether they have a disability or not. Whilst universal services are important, it is recognised that some disabled children and young people will need additional support to access them, or may need to access groups or services that are specifically designed to meet their needs.

Targeted services are those for children and young people who have a disability or impairment and could include impairment specific youth groups or support to enable disabled children and young people to access universal services.

Specialist services are services where assessment by a social work team is required to determine if the need for specialist support is required.

This short breaks statement must

  • be prepared and reviewed with regard to the views of carers in the area
  • be published on the local authority website
  • be kept under review and, where appropriate, revised