A new respite care facility for children with disabilities and their families is set to open in Kingston following a decision at yesterday’s Treasury Committee (8 February).

The new building is due to open in Autumn 2018 and will provide overnight short breaks for families with children that have special educational needs, a disability or complex medical needs.

If granted planning permission, the new eight bed, single storey facility will be built on the Moor Lane site in Chessington. The site already hosts Kingston’s disabled children’s service, which is run by Kingston Council’s award-winning social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC).

Having the new provision at the same location will mean that children who use the provision would be able to share facilities such as the playground and have easy access to other health and social care professionals, without the need for additional travel.

Robert Henderson, Director of Children’s Services for Kingston and Richmond, and Deputy Chief Executive at Achieving for Children, said:

“I am delighted that this new facility is due to open in Kingston. Respite care is an extremely important service and we will be working with Kingston children and parents to make sure the design provides modern, high quality facilities that people want.”

Cllr Richard Hudson, portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“The development of a new short break care facility will be of significant benefit to children and young people with disabilities and their parents, carers and families. It will not only provide young people with a safe environment to learn and develop independent living skills, but also a much needed break for families that have the additional demands of caring for children with additional needs.”

Under the Children Act 1989, the council has a duty as part of the range of services they provide for families, to provide breaks from caring to assist parents and others who provide care for disabled children.

SEND Family Voices will be holding a consultation event in March for families about the proposed new respite facility.