Consultation conducted during November 2019 – 123 responses were received.
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Short summary of results:
A majority of respondents had accessed short breaks in the past 24 months (77%), and the most frequently used providers were Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust, Everybody Sport and Recreation, and Space4Autism.
A small proportion of respondents were not accessing short breaks (24 out of 123, 19%), and required further information on where and what they were able to access them.
For those respondents who were accessing short breaks a number of them expressed how beneficial they were: having time to themselves /ability to recharge.
Based on responses to this survey, ideally future short break provision should be provided during school holidays, ensure staff have awareness of the individual child or young person’s needs, be active and simulating, and involve holiday or sport based activities.
Above all else, an understanding of the individual needs of the child or young person was felt to be paramount for the success of the service.