Southwark Parent Carers Council
speaking up for families with disabled children

20 Jan 2015 New resource to fight cuts in short breaks

Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) has put together a legal resource for parent carers of disabled children with input from Alex Rook, partner at Irwin Mitchell solicitors, and Steve Broach, Barrister at Monckton Chambers. This resource will help parents challenge cuts to short break services in their area.

EDCM says: "Short breaks are a fundamental support service to families with disabled children, helping them to lead ordinary lives. However, after successive years of cuts to local authority budgets the 2015/16 financial year is likely to see significant cuts to children's services generally and short break services for disabled children in particular."
 
The resource is designed to:

1.   Promote awareness of the 'short breaks duty' and what short break provision families with disabled children should expect to be available in their area
 
2.   Explain the legal framework around the provision of short break services highlighting opportunities for families with disabled children to challenge cuts to these services
 
3.   Provide template letters to families with disabled children to help challenge decisions by local authorities that result in cuts to the provision of short break services
 
4.   Signpost families to sources of legal support
 
You can download the resource here.

or type in this web address:
www.edcm.org.uk/media/159965/Challenging-cuts-to-short-break-services-final.pdf