The Children's Act (Paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 2) requires all local authorities to provide services designed to give short breaks for parent/carers of children and young people with disabilities.
Regulations relating to this duty, which came into force on the 1st April 2011, require each local authority to provide a Short Breaks Service Statement so that families know:
- What services are available
- How these services can be accessed
- How the range of services are designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in the local authority area.
The full statement can be viewed by clicking here.