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The Short Break Regulations

The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 (here referred to as the Short Breaks Regulations) provides further detail to local authorities as to how they must perform their duty under the Children Act 1989 to include, as part of the range of services they provide for families, breaks from caring for carers of children with disabilities to support them to continue to care for their children and to allow them to do so more effectively.

In summary, the Short Breaks Regulations requires local authorities to do three things:

  • To ensure that, when making Short Break provision, they have regard to the needs of different types of carers, not just those who would be unable to continue to provide care without a break
  • To provide a range of breaks, as appropriate, during the day, night, at weekends and during the school holidays
  • To provide parents with a Short Breaks Services Statement detailing the range of available breaks and any eligibility criteria attached to them

 

The Short Break Regulations also direct that local authorities must keep their Short Breaks Services Statement under review and, where appropriate, revise the statement ensuring they show regard to the views of carers in their area.

The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 is available to download here.

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