York’s ‘short breaks’ service for children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism rated ‘good

City of York Council’s Short Break’s service has been rated ‘good’ by independent inspectors.

The service, which provides flexible personal care and support to families with children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism at weekends, evenings and in the school holidays, was inspected by the Care Quality Commissions in January 2019.

The inspection rated the service in five key areas, assessing whether  it was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. All five aspects of the service were rated as ‘good’.

The inspection highlighted that Community Short Break Workers have a good understanding of children’s needs and are kind and caring. It also reported that they understand the importance of respecting children’s dignity and upholding their right to privacy.

Inspectors recognised that children are supported to live fulfilled meaningful lives and that information was available to ensure that they could access the community, events, and activities with minimal restrictions in a planned way for their maximum benefit and enjoyment.

The report also highlighted the positive work Community Short Break Workers do to help children learn new skills and take on new challenges, for example, to eat in cafes and restaurants.

Other professionals also reported the service to be effective and recognised that it was valued by parents for the support it gave to their families.

Cllr Keith Myers, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Education, children and young people, said: “Community Short break workers make an incredible and long-lasting positive impact on the lives of families across the city and I’m so pleased that their hard work and dedication has been recognised with this ‘good’ rating.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for the Environment, said: “ Many of our community short break workers support families alongside other part time work or activities and find it incredibly rewarding. If anyone has a minimum of two hours a week available and experience of working with children or vulnerable adults then I’d encourage them to get in touch.”

Community Short Break Workers receive  an hourly wage and have their expenses covered.

For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/shortbreaks or call 01904 656453.

A full copy of the report is available at https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-4565075128

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