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Developing how we offer overnight support for children with disabilities 

We want to make sure that we provide overnight support in the way that best meets the needs and wishes of families, children and young people.  Currently this is mostly provided outside the child’s family home in residential services or with Link foster carers.

Parents, carers and some of the workforce  have shared views and ideas about overnight support in questionnaires, at group sessions and talking to us. In September 2019 we will be holding some more sessions for parents and carers.

 Parents sessions about overnight support – book your place!

The sessions will be to share the feedback we have had from the consultation and for you to add further input to help shape future plans and develop overnight support.

  • 17 September -  10am to 1pm
    Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Buchan Street, Orchard Park, Cambridge, CB4 2XF
  • 30 September  -  10am to 1pm
    Wisbech Library, Ely Place, Wisbech PE13 1EU

 Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. The sessions will be facilitated by Esther Harris from Pinpoint with Siobhan MacBean (Cambridgeshire County Council) and Alison Mayern (Clinical Commissioning Group)

 If you are interested in coming along please email [email protected] or phone on 01223 699041.

 Evening Parents Session

If anyone would prefer an evening session please let us know and we will be happy to arrange one at a convenient time and place for those who want to come along.


Headlines from the consultation - June 2019

  • Trust, reliability, quality of support and paying attention to what’s really important to the child is key whatever type of overnight support it is
  • There needs to be a range of support to meet different needs – support in own home, support in a carers home, residential, support to meet complex medical and health needs
  • Weekends and holidays are the time of greatest need
  • When support is needed it needs to be in place quickly
  • Availability and skills of workers crucial
  • Lots of creative ideas about combining an overnight break with a fun, social or learning opportunity for children

Parents and carers views – summary of the consultation June 2019

What parents and carers said about overnight support

74 parents and carers in total shared their views. This is a summary of the feedback.

Size: 629.28 KB File format: pdf

Questionnaire summary

62 people completed the questionnaire. This is a summary of the responses.

Size: 426.06 KB File format: pdf

Consultation groups

We held two group sessions for parents and carers, This is a summary of what was said in the sessions.

Size: 1.10 MB File format: pdf

capturing the discussion in images - details are in the summary reports

Consultation group discussion (click to view video)

Initial consultation background

The consultation closed in May 2019. The information below was the background and options for the consultation.

  • Needs, wishes and expectations change over time
  • The current contract for residential overnight care for children with disabilities up to age 18 ends in October 2020
  • We have a higher demand for overnights short breaks (one or two nights at a time) than we currently have available
  • We have a reduced need for longer term residential care
  • We need to be able to offer overnight support across the county and reduce travelling time where possible
  • We are getting more requests for overnight support in the child’s home
  • We want to be able to offer more choice to children, young people and families
  • Whilst we always aim to meet needs in planned way with families we know that sometimes there will be unforeseen emergencies and we need to be in a position to respond to them

We want to consider providing a wider range than currently available such as:

  • Overnight support in child’s home when this meets needs
  • Overnight support with Link foster carers
  • Enable use of direct payments for families to employ workers to provide overnight support
  • Shared and longer term residential care
  • Residential short breaks if this is needed
  • Provision of safe, temporary support in an emergency which could be in child’s home or elsewhere

Please note: Some of the above are already available in Cambridgeshire.  There is no intention to reduce the amount of overnight support and it will continue to be provided based on individual assessment as at present.

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  • Contact us and we will be happy to talk to you (see below)
  • Look out for Pinpoint webinars about this.

Please contact us with any queries, suggestions, thoughts or to get involved. This work is being led jointly by Cambridgeshire County Council Children’s Social Care, Health and Social Care Commissioners and Pinpoint representing and facilitating the involvement of parent and carers.

 Esther Harris (Pinpoint)
[email protected] or 01480 877333

Siobhan MacBean (Disability Social Care (0-25) Development Manager)
[email protected] or 01223 699041

Video about current short breaks provision and how to get involved in the consultation

View our short video about current short breaks provision and how to get involved in the consultation


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