New way to commission short breaks services for children to be discusssed
Wakefield councillors are to discuss proposals to make a short breaks service
for children more flexible and accessible.
of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet meeting on 16 June, are to consider a fresh
approach in how they commission the service, to widen the scope of activities
that can be offered to children and young people with special educational needs
Council has been speaking to young people and their families, who use the short
breaks service about how it can develop and improve the activities and
experiences on offer through the service.
Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield
Council, said: “It is very important that we listen to the voices of children,
young people and families to ensure they have a say and can make choices in how
they use our services.’’
feedback has been invaluable as we consider how we can broaden the scope of the
short breaks service so that we can meet the needs of as many children and
young people as possible.”
breaks provide benefits to children and young people with special educational
needs and disabilities and their parents or carers by supporting them to reach
their potential. Young people develop new interests, relationships and
activities, whilst allowing parents and carers to have a break from their
will be asked to approve a plan to commission short break services through a
Dynamic Purchasing Framework. This will allow the Council to be more flexible
and responsive in meeting the needs of children and families. The change, if
agreed, would not have any impact on entitlement to short break services.
proposals support plans to provide better care and outcomes for children and
families as set out in the Wakefield Together Partnership Plan.
meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 16 June at 10.30am will
be held virtually and residents can watch the meeting live or later at http://citizen.wakefield.gov.uk/cabinet-and-council-meeting/