Framework to provide Short Breaks for Children who are Disabled from April 2020 Dorset Council tender closes 14th February 2020

Short Breaks for Children, Young People and Young Adults who are Disabled are focussed on delivering and developing services for 0 – 25 year olds. This tender is about putting in place a range of Targeted and Specialist Short Break opportunities throughout the County [Dorset Council area]. Short breaks are when a child or young person has planned time apart from their main carer outside school hours, taking part in activities they like, to form and develop friendships and become more confident and independent. Short Breaks allow the child’s family to have a break from the demands of caring, to relax and recharge their batteries, to spend time with each other and their other children and to reduce family stress.Category A Specialist Services – services intended for children and young people who are disabled with more complex needs and who usually will have received a social care assessment. This is likely to include, but is not limited to, the following: Residential overnight short breaks, Weekend, after school and holiday short break sessions, Personal Assistant, in-home and community support work. It is anticipated there will be several providers appointed for each category. Purchasing off the Framework is detailed in the Service Specification. Category B – Targeted Services – services intended for children and young people who are disabled and who need some additional support, or who may need groups and services specifically designed to meet their needs. Access is usually for children and young people who meet the criteria set by the provider but without the need for a social care assessment. Providers of targeted services will be expected to agree their acceptance criteria for attendance with Dorset Council. Services required are likely to include, but is not limited to, the following: Outreach one to one services including befriending/buddy/PA schemes (at home or in the community), After school, holiday and weekend play, sports and activity sessions for all ages, Activity, day and evening sessions for young people aged 15-18 and/or 18 – 25 years. It is anticipated there will be several providers appointed for each category. Purchasing off the Framework is detailed in the Service Specification.

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