Review and redesign of Lancashire's Short Break Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

On 12 March 2020, Cabinet agreed the proposals arising from the outcome of the review of Lancashire's Short Break Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This included Lancashire Break Time, day time short breaks and overnight short breaks.

A new offer, made up of the three elements – Break-time, Day-time and Night-time is proposed.

Break-time

Children and young people must have a learning difficulty or physical or sensory difficulty; live in Lancashire; not live with or be supported by paid carers and will be able to attend from the start of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old, up until the end of the academic year they become 18 years old.
 
The Break-time offer would be a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 50 hours of activities a year.

Families would be able to purchase additional hours if they wish. They would also be able to access additional hours if it is identified as a need following a social care assessment.

Families would contribute £2 per hour per Break-time activity. This would be an increase to the current charge of £1, which has not been reviewed for ten years, in addition to specific activity costs or entrance fees.

Day-time and night-time

Children and young people aged 0 to 18 years would be able to access Day-time and Night-time short breaks if this is identified as a need following a social care assessment.

Short break providers

A different, more dynamic approach to commissioning providers for Break-time, Day-time and Night-time services is proposed in order to deliver a more flexible and better quality service with greater potential for choice.

Consultation

Cabinet also agreed that a consultation is undertaken on the proposed changes.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 12 March 2020.

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