Short Breaks Children

Many parents and carers might have heard of the term short break or respite. These two terms are often used, but can mean the same thing. Short breaks allow parents and carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities.

As well as short breaks providing a break from caring for parents, they also give disabled children opportunities to enjoy social and leisure activities, have fun, socialise and make friends. Short breaks may also help the child and young person to develop a range of independence skills out of the family home.

There are a number of different types of short breaks available locally. Below is a table of the range of local short break services and advice on how to access these services.

Type Of Service 

Example Of Service 

Access To Service 

School Holiday Play Schemes 

Mainstream play schemes which are available to all children. 

Families can make their own referral to these play schemes. 

Specialist play schemes which run through the school holidays and are specifically designed for disabled children.  

 

You need a social worker to access some specialist play schemes. 

An assessment maybe required to identify if you or your child needs any support. 

Evening and Weekend Play/ Activity Clubs 

Local activity club where they have a variety of activities provided.  

Families can contact these clubs directly.  

Information about local activities is also available on the Family Information website.  

Specialist play and activity clubs which are specifically designed for disabled children. 

You need a social worker to access some specialist play and activity clubs. 

 

An assessment maybe required to identify if you or your child needs any support. 

Sports Clubs 

Mainstream sports clubs which are available to all children. 

Families can contact these clubs directly.  

 

Neath Port Talbot have a disability sports co-coordinator who runs a variety of sports clubs for disabled children in the local area.  

 

They also can advise on support for disabled children to access mainstream clubs.  

Families can contact these clubs directly  

Overnight Short Breaks 

Park House is an overnight short break facility which offers overnight support to children.  

You need a social worker to access overnight short breaks.  

 

An assessment will be required to identify if you or your child needs any support.  

Family Link is an overnight short breaks service which offers overnight support to disabled children within an approved Family Link Carer’s home.   

You need a social worker to access overnight short breaks.  

 

An assessment will be required to identify if you or your child needs any support. 

Direct Payments 

A direct payment can be used to employ a personal assistant by a parent and the parent becomes the employer.  

You need a social worker to access direct payments. 

  

An assessment will be required to identify if you or your child needs any support.  

 

If a need is identified, you have the option of choosing to receive direct payments to meet that need and become an employer.  

Individual And Group Support 

We can commission services from local and national providers where children can be taken out on a one to one basis or attend a group activity dependent on their needs.  

You need a social worker to access this support.  

 

An assessment will be required to identify if you or your child needs any support.  

For support to be accessed and an assessment completed by the Child Care Disability Team, the below criteria applies:

Children and young people from birth to eighteen years if they are physically or sensory impaired, or have learning disabilities and:
• If their disability means they have significantly greater difficulty with physical, intellectual, social, emotional or educational development than the majority of children of the same age.
• If these difficulties are such that the child requires social work assessment/care planning by the Child Care Disability Team to:-
a) Make effective use of the facilities of a kind generally available for children of the same age.
b) Promote every day functioning at home and in the community.
c) Access specialist inter-agency help to maximise physical, social, emotional and educational progress.


Physical Disability
• Difficulties with all basic functions of such severity that one-to-one assistance is called for all care needs.
• Physical difficulty or chronic illness resulting in long-term impairment of health or development, even with the provision of drugs, diet or aids.


Learning Disability
• Requiring constant supervision and dependent on others even for basic day-to-day care needs. Broadly based on measured levels of social functioning and social history.
• A permanent learning impairment sufficient to prevent the child/young person from fulfilling roles/activities which are generally understood to be within the capacity of children of that age, social and cultural background.


Visual Impairment
• Blind, no useful vision, partially sighted, visual difficulties sufficient to impair every day activities and/or development despite the use of aids.


Hearing Impairment
• Little or no hearing. Hearing difficulties even with hearing aids. Has, or is likely to have, persistent difficulty with language and communication sufficient to impair development.


Autism Spectrum Disorder 

• Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behaviour. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age

Whether you are a person with care/ support needs or a carer we will need some information about your circumstances. We will meet with you and talk about your situation and what type of support you think you need. This is called a Children and Young Assessment.  

To find out more contact the Child Disability Team 

 01639 685862  01639 685862 voice +441639685862



Parents who wish to receive a children and young persons assessment can contact the Single Point of Contact Team (SPOC) at:

SPOC
01639 686802 01639 686802 voice +441639686802

Written referrals can be made by Professionals with the consent of parents who are working with the family, to the Single Point of Contact Team (SPOC) at:

SPOC
01639 686802 01639 686802 voice +441639686802

You can download a referral form by clicking and returning to spoc@npt.gov.uk   

Integrated Referral Form
File type Document File size
docx Integrated Referral Form
131 KB

NPT Pupil Inclusion
Website: visit NPT Pupil Inclusion website

NPT Special Educational Needs Transport
Tel: (01639) 763812
Website: visit NPT Special Educational Needs website

Blue Badges
Tel: (01639) 686Welsh868, Email: fcs@npt.gov.uk
Website: visit Blue Badges website

Western Glamorgan Safeguarding Board

Integrated Autism Service
Integrated Autism Service
Tonna Hospital
Tonna
Neath
SA11 3LX

01639 862 936 01639 862 936 voice +441639862936



 

Should a person who accesses services or their carer wish to challenge any decisions made, they should refer to the Council’s appeals procedure. This process has a clear route of appeal and timescale for handling appeals. 

Individuals and/or their carers should be provided with information explaining how to complain about Social Services in Neath Port Talbot, which is available in accessible formats and different languages. The leaflet and details of the complaints procedure can also be accessed online via the Council’s website www.npt.gov.uk. The dedicated Adult Services Complaints telephone number is 

Complaints
01639 763445 01639 763445 voice +441639763445

You can download the Council's Short Break Statement for families living in the Neath Port Talbot area who have a disabled child aged between 0-18 years old below.

NPT Child Disability Team Short Break Statement 14/05/14
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pdf CCDT Short Breaks Statement (002)
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