New way to commission short breaks services for children to be discusssed

08/06/2020, PR-9426

Senior Wakefield councillors are to discuss proposals to make a short breaks service for children more flexible and accessible.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Members 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 and disabilities.


The 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.


Cllr 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.’’


“Their 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.”


Short 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 caring responsibilities.


Councillors 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.


The proposals support plans to provide better care and outcomes for children and families as set out in the Wakefield Together Partnership Plan.


The 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