Aiming High - Short Breaks in Staffordshire
Welcome to Staffordshire's Aiming High Short Breaks programme webpage.
Aiming High in Staffordshire commissions short break activities for disabled children, young people and their families.
Short breaks provide fun activities outside of the school day where disabled children and young people can try new things and develop confidence independently from their families or as part of a family experience.
Short breaks also enable parents and carers to have a break from caring, which may allow them to have a rest, catch up on day to day activities, spend time with other family members or take up other interests.
For more information you may like to watch some short clips of Aiming High activities.
Aiming High Short Break Activities
Details of Aiming High activities that are available in Staffordshire can be found in the Aiming High Funded Services section.
If you would like to receive email updates from us about short break activities please email email@example.com or call 01785 278072.
Other activities and services for disabled children, young people and their families can be found in the What's On In Your Area section.
Short Breaks Statement
The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations came into force on 01 April 2011 and established in law a local authority duty to provide short breaks for disabled children and their parents and carers.
The regulations also say that the local authority must produce a Short Breaks Statement to inform parents and carers about short breaks. This statement must include:
the range of short breaks services available;
the criteria by which eligibility for services will be assessed; and
how the range of services is designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in their area.
The Staffordshire Short Breaks Statement is available below:
Short Breaks Statement 2013 (PDF 2.02 MB)
The Aiming High Staffordshire Short Breaks Strategy 2011-2013
This strategy sets out the priorities and direction for short breaks in Staffordshire up to 31 March 2013. A summary of some of the achievements of the programme in 2009-2011 is also included.
Aiming High Staffordshire Short Breaks Strategy 2011-2013 (PDF 5.54 MB)
An updated copy of our strategy will be available soon.
If you have any comments about the strategy please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01785 278072.
Access to Short Breaks
Aiming High short breaks are available to disabled children and young people under the age of 18 and their families who are resident in Staffordshire. For detailed information about access to short breaks in Staffordshire please see the document below:
Disabled Childrens Short Break Services
Listening To Parents and Carers
At the start of the Aiming High programme in Staffordshire, we asked parents and carers of disabled children for their views on services available to them. Four events took place in January and February 2009 where parents and carers told us about their experiences and what they would like to see happen in Staffordshire. A summary of what was said at these events can be found by clicking on the Aiming High Consultation Events Report link below:
Aiming High Consultation Events Report|| (PDF 1.53 MB)
Thank you again to all the parents who took part in our consultation. We hope you will continue to be involved. If you are a parent or carer of a disabled child and you would like to get involved in Aiming High please telephone 01785 278072 or email email@example.com
Staffordshire Parent Action Network (SPAN)
Parents and carers of disabled children and young people can make a difference to the service their families receive in a number of ways.
Parents and carers can share views, find information and influence decisions by registering on the Aiming High E Forum or by joining the Staffordshire Parent Action Network (SPAN).
For more information or to visit the E Forum please follow this link to the SPAN website.
You can also contact the Parent Participation and Engagement Service on 01785 356921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three e-learning courses are available to support parents and carers, staff and organisations who want to develop their skills and knowledge of supporting disabled children, young people and their families.
For more details please see the information below:
E-Learning Courses (PDF 536 KB)
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