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Specialist short breaks for families of disabled children

If your child can't access universal services because they are disabled and have a high level of need, you may be eligible for specialist short breaks.

Who is eligible

Your family is eligible for specialist short breaks if a social worker has referred the child or young person to the Short Breaks Team for support.

Our range of specialist short breaks

Peter Every House

Contact details

Rob Jones, Manager.

Eligibility

Children with severe or profound disabilities. Children must be referred by Children’s Social Care.

Target age range

  • 5–17 years (weekends and school holidays)
  • 8–17 years (overnight)

Venue

Crantock Road, Catford, London SE6 2QT

Hours

  • 9.30am–4.30pm on weekends and school holidays
  • 3.30pm– 3.30pm overnight stays on Fridays, Saturdays and during school holidays (except bank holidays)

Activities on offer

Activities are tailored to the individual child or young person’s assessed care plan with a key focus on:

  • meeting agreed outcomes with the family and child or young person
  • developing independent skills where possible.

Young Person Relate

Contact details

Ibrahim Abdulai, Manager

Target age range

12–17 years

Venue

Outreach support in various locations agreed with the child or young person and parents.

Hours

Five hours a week for a 12-week programme

Activities on offer

Activities are tailored to the individual child or young person’s assessed care plan with a key focus on:

  • meeting agreed outcomes with the family and child or young person
  • developing independent skills where possible.

Rockbourne Short Breaks Hub

Venue

Rockbourne Youth Club, 41a Rockbourne Road, Forest Hill, SE23 2DA

Contact details

Laura Cole, Short Break Centre Manager

Rockbourne SEN Nights

Target age range

10 - 17 years

Hours

Monday and Wednesday evenings (term time only) 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Activities on offer

Activities are centre based and are tailored to the individual child or young person’s assessed care plan, with a key focus on

meeting agreed outcomes with the family and child or young person and developing independent skills where possible. The centre has a safe enclosed garden area, as well as a sensory room and a soft play room and provides the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including cooking, arts and crafts and sports activities.

Rockbourne Saturday Club

Target age range

8–17 years
Service users are split into two age groups: 8–12 and 13–17 years

Hours

10.30am–3.30pm

The service runs sessions for each age group on alternate Saturdays throughout the year.

Activities on offer

Activities comprise of centre based activities and off site trips in the community and are tailored to the individual child or young person’s assessed care plan, with a key focus on meeting agreed outcomes with the family and child or young person and developing independent skills where possible. The centre has a safe enclosed garden area, as well as a sensory room and a soft play room and provides the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including cooking, arts and crafts and sports activities. Children and young people have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of trips in the community including park trips, bowling, swimming, boat trips, farm visits etc.

Rockbourne Holiday Scheme

Target age range

11–17 years

Hours

9am - 5pm

Activities on offer

Activities comprise of centre based activities and off site trips in the community and are tailored to the individual child or young person’s assessed care plan, with a key focus on meeting agreed outcomes with the family and child or young person and developing independent skills where possible. The centre has a safe enclosed garden area, as well as a sensory room and a soft play room and provides the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including cooking, arts and crafts and sports activities. Children and young people have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of trips in the community including park trips, bowling, swimming, boat trips, farm visits etc.

Domiciliary care

Contact details

We use several different agencies to provide domiciliary care – contact the Short Breaks Team (details at the bottom of this page).

Level of care provided

Support given is based on the assessed need of the child or young person.

Activities on offer

Various activities are planned and agreed by the child or young person, their family and the care agency, based on the agreed outcomes in the child or young person’s care plan.

Direct payments

Contact details

Contact the Short Breaks Team (details at the bottom of this page).

Direct payments

Direct payments are amounts of money that we pay to meet individuals’ assessed needs. This allows people to buy their own services, resources, activities or equipment instead of us providing or arranging for the support provision.

The child or young person and their family may decide how to spend their direct payments in order to meet their agreed outcomes, in line with the terms and conditions of the direct payment agreement. All families must sign the direct payment agreement before receiving this service.

Level of care provided

Families can use the funds to buy services or support to enable them to take short breaks from their caring responsibilities.

Children with Complex Needs Service

Children with Complex Needs Service

Kaleidoscope Child Development Centre, 32 Rushey Green, London, SE6 4JF

Services for children and young people with SEND

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