Current projects - Shortbreaks - Interested in Offering Overnight Short Breaks Care for Children/ Young People with Additional Needs?

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Interested in Offering Overnight Short Breaks Care for Children/ Young People with Additional Needs?


People interested in offering overnight short break care for children with additional needs for small periods of time are being invited to attend an information evening on 25th March 2021 to find out more.

Wiltshire Council operates an Overnight Short Breaks Scheme which offers a lifeline to families with children or young people who may have a range of needs. The scheme provides regular support and reassurance to parent carers that their child is being looked after in a loving home. The scheme is supported by a team of carers who are trained and supported to provide regular breaks for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

The carer looks after the child in their own home, and this could be for as little as two nights per month. Or, it could even be a full-time career, if people have more time to offer and wish to be carers for several children. The regular arrangement means it's possible to build a long-term relationship with the child and their family.

Wiltshire Council is holding an information evening on Thursday 25 March at 7pm to focus specifically on this role. People can access the meeting at: https://bit.ly/3qjjLmw. People will be able to hear about what being an overnight short breaks carer entails.

Carers need to be over 21, have the time, a room available for the stay and be healthy enough to meet the physical demands of the role, alongside a genuine interest in looking after a child with disabilities.

To find out more and for an informal discussion, please contact the family-based Overnight Short Break team: -

Call: 0800 169 6321
Email: fostering@wiltshire.gov.uk

To find out more about fostering go to [Fostering Wiltshire].