Views invited on proposed changes to Short Breaks for children with disabilities

Hampshire County Council is inviting views on proposed changes which aim to maintain good quality breaks for parents and carers of disabled children, within a reduced budget, while providing fun and educational opportunities for the children and young people receiving them

Mar 13 2018

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A 12 week consultation has been launched today (12 March 2018), by the County Council, to gather views on the proposed changes. This feedback will inform decisions to be made, later in the year, on the provision and delivery of the Short Break Activities Programme from April 2019.

Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “I do hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to consider carefully, the changes that are being proposed for the Short Break Activities Programme. It is crucial that children and young people, and their families and carers, who could be affected by potential changes, tell us what they think. I am equally keen that we gather feedback from organisations and charities that provide short breaks with County Council funding, professional colleagues such as those from the Health Service, and other residents.”

People are being asked to provide the Authority with their thoughts and comments on the proposals through the online consultation form. Before completing the form, it is strongly recommended that participants take time to read the accompanying information. This sets out the current Short Break Activities Programme, together with background information, the proposed changes and their potential impact, as well as other options for taking part in the consultation.

The ‘Consultation on proposed changes to Hampshire County Council’s Short Break Activities Programme for children with disabilities’ opened at midday today (12 March 2018) and will run until midnight on Sunday 3 June 2018.

The findings from the consultation will be published and presented to the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services later in 2018. This feedback will be taken into account by Councillor Mans when making decisions about what will be available through Hampshire’s Short Break Activities Programme and how it will be accessed from April 2019.