Council Offering Short Breaks For Disabled Children And Carers

The Council is offering support to disabled and additional needs children and their carers to take short breaks.

This could be to allow them to gain new experiences away from their families or to provide their families with a break from caring.

New regulations that came into force in April 2011 state that all local authorities must now provide short breaks for carers of disabled children and the Council have published information on their website about who is eligible and how to apply.

The breaks can take a number of forms including daytime or overnight care for children, attending holiday play schemes and Youth Hub activities or accessing social activities.

Jane Stewart, Children’s Social Care Manager, said there are approximately twenty families that access the Short Breaks service on the islands.

She said the service is designed to make sure that parents and children have more flexibility and more opportunity to be creative with their short breaks, and to give people as much choice and control over how they are able to access them.

Anybody requiring more information about the scheme should contact Jane on 424354.