Short Breaks during the Covid 19 period
The Short Breaks Team have continued to offer short breaks to disabled children with an assessed need. We have been unable to deliver groups as per government guidance but subject to risk assessments and staff availability we have offered 1:1 support in the child or young person's own home or in the centre. Many families have declined this support due to the family self isolating or not wanting to introduce additional adults into their home. We have also spot purchased additional support from providers who have continued to be active and available.
The commissioned providers have offered a mixed level of support. Some are delivering support in an alternative way such as online, others are not able to deliver due to the higher risks at the moment, or have reduced the support to a safe level of 1 person at a time.
Flexible use of the Activity Fund for children and young people with disabilities
Due to the current situation and restrictions in place, the way in which we offer the Activity Fund will be flexible. The Activity Fund usually provides £140.00 towards activities for eligible children and young people to take part in, each financial year. These activities include activities such as swimming sessions, annual passes, and activity clubs during term time and during school holidays. As these activities remain unavailable for the foreseeable future, we are offering alternative use of the Activity Fund until the usual activities can be accessed again.