We provide short breaks for disabled children with approved foster carers. Our Foster Carers have an essential role in contributing to children and young people's quality of life and aspirations whilst supporting individuals to achieve their goals.
Short Breaks Fostering services are allocated to disabled children and young people aged 0-19 years after an assessment of need by a social worker.
The short breaks are arranged with approved foster carers from various backgrounds who have gone through a comprehensive fostering assessment process and disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks. Approved short break foster carers are then carefully matched with a child. Foster Carers are supported by a Social Worker in the team who supports them along the way and guides with relevant training and development.
What Our Carers Do
Short Breaks Foster Carers offer care in their homes to provide regular short breaks of 2 to 3 nights each month for children and young people with disabilities. We have a short breaks bungalow that is available for some of our physically disabled children when the Foster Carers home is not suitable. Care in the bungalow is provided for 1 child at a time with their foster carer(s).
They work in partnership with parents and families, who are able to:
- Meet the child's cultural, religious and racial needs
- Provide a safe, caring and fun environment
- Provide time and patience
Real life story: Catherine, Short Breaks Contract Carer
Being the parent or carer of a child with additional needs can be hard work. But Contract Foster Carer Cat says that her role - which involves looking after young people on a short term basis in her own home - is exactly what she was looking for.
Access Our Services
Services are accessed via a referral from a social worker/case holder after completing a Core Assessment which then goes through the decision making process.
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