11 October 2017

Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet will next week discuss a proposed review of residential and short breaks for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Councillors will be asked to agree to hold a public consultation on the future model for the service, which currently provides day, evening, overnight and weekend respite breaks for children with complex needs.

These short breaks are delivered through holiday clubs, after-school clubs, Saturday clubs, youth clubs, a specialist sitting service providing qualified childminders for disabled children and residential short breaks.

Jointly funded

The short breaks service is jointly funded by Northamptonshire County Council and both Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and delivered by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

The current contracts are due to come to an end next year and so the review will look at how the service should be shaped for the future before new contracts are awarded.

County council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Matthew Golby said: “Short breaks for disabled children are well recognised to be a vital service which help families with disabled children to lead ordinary lives.

“We are committed to ensuring children and young people with disabilities can access and enjoy all the services and settings in their community that their non-disabled peers do.

“This review is important in order to ensure continued provision that meets the needs of children and young people and their families now and in the future.

“We are looking to hold a public consultation on how the service might look in the future and I would encourage young people and families to take part in order to help us shape the services delivered for the future.”

Public consultation

If the consultation is approved by Cabinet, an online consultation will begin later this month alongside a series of focus groups and open meetings for people to give their feedback.

Cabinet will discuss the proposal at a meeting on Thursday (October 19th).