Improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families

Why are we doing this?

  • “She (social worker) showed understanding about my disability”
  • “If we are asked our opinion it might make adults better at what they do”
  • “Children should choose who they go on short breaks with so that they don’t have to go with someone they don’t like”

Expected outcomes

  • Clear transition arrangements in place for disabled children and young people when they are moving over to adult services, including Care Leavers
  • Consistency in assessment practice
  • A robust and integrated operating model for delivering short breaks services
  • Integrated commissioning that focuses on early intervention and preventative services to support disabled children and their families
  • A robust contracts compliance monitoring framework
  • A clear and defined policy, guidance and mechanism for the delivery of direct payments

Milestones and outcomes

By September 2015

  • News Fair Access to Short Breaks (FASB) model launched
  • Disabled Children’s Partnership Board established
  • All existing provider contract information collated to understand the current level of provision available
  • Market position statement published to provide clear picture of accessibility and availability of services
  • Regional engagement events with Short Breaks providers and Small Grants Schemes held to encourage collaborative working

By December 2015

  • Commissioning plan developed in partnership with children and families
  • Raised awareness of Devon’s Local Offer for disabled children and their families
  • Direct Payments pre-paid card introduced
  • Brokerage style model for short breaks in place
  • Joint workshops between children, families, carers and providers held to develop short breaks service

By June 2016

  • Good quality, fun and stimulating activities for disabled children and their families commissioned
  • Reduced reliance on overnight residential short breaks
  • Increased availability and options of more preventative services, family based care and community adaptations
  • Provider QA and contract monitoring framework embedded
  • Disabled children’s transitions strategy and protocols in place