Planning for the future: Short breaks for disabled children and young people

Published: 25 June 2018

There has been an increase in the number of children and families needing our support in the last few years. This, along with less money in the public purse, means that we need to look at how we can provide services better to ensure children and families get the right support at the right time. As part of this, we are reviewing short breaks for disabled children and young people. This is with a view to delivering a new short breaks service in 2019. To help us plan for the future, we held four engagement sessions in September last year to hear your views. We used the feedback to develop a DRAFT Children's Short Breaks Strategy 2018 to 2022 in partnership with ‘FACT Bucks’ (Families and Carers Together in Buckinghamshire), the Clinical Commissioning Group and Buckinghamshire County Council.

Have your say

We would now like to consult with you on the principles drafted in the strategy. This provides a vision of how we will provide sustainable short breaks over the next few years. This consultation is will run for 6 weeks, from 29 June 2018 until 10 August 2018. Opportunities to respond to the consultation will be widely promoted. The consultation survey will be live on the ‘Have your say’ section of from 29 June 2018. Hard copies will be available at drop-in sessions. A similar consultation on the principles for an Adult Short Breaks strategy will be running during the same period. You can comment on this too by going to the ‘Have your say’ section of

Find out more

Alongside the consultation, we have arranged some further engagement sessions during July. This is so that parents, carers and families have the opportunity to come and talk to us. These are drop-in sessions, so you do not need to attend the whole session or arrive at the start. Just come along at a time that suits you, but allow around 20 to 30 minutes. Sessions are open to everyone, not just regular users of the place where they’re being held.

To make sure we have enough time with everyone, please contact Rona Hopwood (details at the end of this page) and let her know which session you can attend. Please note, we will also be speaking separately to disabled children and young people to continue to gather their views on short breaks.

Children’s Short Breaks Strategy engagement sessions

These sessions are open to all parents, carers and families of children with special educational needs or disabilities. Please feel free to attend one of these sessions for whatever time you have available.

Date Time Room Location/Address
Monday 2 July 2018 9:30 to 12 midday

Teaching and
Learning Centre

Ellen Road
(postcode for satnav)
HP21 8ES

Tuesday 3 July 2018 9:30 to 12 midday

Stony Dean School

Orchard End Avenue,
Amersham, HP7 9JW

Wednesday 18 July 2018 9:30 to 12 midday

(Children’s Home)

Cressex Link,
High Wycombe
HP12 4BF

All feedback we receive at these sessions will contribute to the final strategy.

Next Steps

We then plan to hold some further engagement sessions in October to listen to your views about the details of what the short breaks service should offer. Your views will be incorporated into models of how the short breaks service could be delivered, and these alternative models will be put out to a further consultation late in the year.
This will then shape the delivery of a new short breaks service planned for late 2019. We look forward to receiving your views through our consultation and meeting you at our engagement sessions.

Contact Details

Rona Hopwood
Buckinghamshire County Council
CYP Commissioning Manager

Phone: 01296 383506

Content dated: 21 June 2018 | Our reference: SB Engagement June 2018