Sometimes families need help and support. Occasional breaks for parents can mean they are able to continue to keep their children at home with them.
Short breaks are a way of delivering enjoyable and fun activities for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs that meet a range of individual needs, including the need for sports or leisure activities, contact with peers and other social activities.
They can be in the form of after school activities, accessing mainstream leisure and specialist resources, with support from appropriately trained, and skilled staff during the week, weekends, or during school holidays.
As above, short breaks give much needed opportunities for parents/carers to “recharge their batteries” and take a break from their caring role which is often demanding. They can also enable them to spend quality time with their other children, each other, or carry out home management tasks and some aspects of leisure or work activities that would not be possible without the short break provision.
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is undertaking a key piece of work that will examine the short breaks provision in Wales.
As well as providing support to parent carers and other carers, short breaks have an important role in offering disabled children and young people opportunities to enjoy the rights associated with social activities.
During the next few months, the Commissioner will be meeting with disabled children and young people and their carers to hear their views about the short breaks provision. Anyone affected by short breaks are asked to take part in an online survey available on the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ website.
If you would like to contribute please click here to access the survey.
A paper questionnaire, if preferred, is also available by calling 01792 765600. All responses will remain anonymous.