Updated Proposals for Targeted Short Breaks for children with disabilities

Closed 18 Jul 2018

Opened 6 Jun 2018

Feedback Updated 8 Feb 2019

We Asked

We asked about our proposals for the following elements of short breaks for disabled children:

  • Targeted Short Breaks
  • Options for a Personal Assistant sourcing support service
  • Widening eligibility for short breaks to include children who have ADHD with complex needs
  • Reducing the short breaks transport fund to be a hardship fund for those in greatest need

You Said

You said that there is a lack of information and awareness about targeted short breaks.

Services were not fairly distributed through the city. Transport is a big issue for a lot of families who struggle or find it impossible to use public transport.

A range of feedback on specific proposals

We Did

We listened to your feedback and included it in the final commissioning plan which was approved by Cabinet on the 2nd October 2018. This included a smaller reduction to the Short Breaks transport scheme than was originally proposed.

The link to the final commissioning plan, which was approved by Cabinet is here and the consultation report itself here.


Based on the feedback from the first stage of the Targeted Short Breaks consultation which closed on 1 June 2018, we are consulting you again with some new proposals. Some of the proposals from phase 1 have not changed.

We have kept the same questions for proposals which have not changed and we have added questions on new proposals. We have signposted the new questions within the survey.

If you have completed the first phase of the consultation between 20 April and 1 June 2018 you only need to answer the additional questions because we will consider all answers from the earlier consultation.

Bristol City Council has a statutory responsibility to provide a range of short breaks (previously known as respite). This is set out in our Short Breaks Statement jointly developed with Bristol Parent Carers.  Our Targeted Short Breaks services contracts for children and young people up to age 18 all end on 31 March 2019. We are consulting with parents and carers to help us develop future services.

This consultation asks for your views about the service including some proposed changes before we start recommissioning Targeted Short Break services.

We have specific proposals for:
A. Access to targeted Short Breaks services
B. Weekday evening and weekend daytime Short Breaks (including new proposals)
C. A support service to help find Personal Assistants
D. Short Breaks Transport Service
E.  Widening eligibility for Short Breaks to include children with complex Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs (including new proposals)
F.  Special School Based Holidays Short Breaks (including new proposals)
G.  Residential holiday service for disabled children and young people (including new proposals)
H.  Short Break activities for Deaf and hard of hearing children and young people and their families (including new proposals)

We are also asking for what is working well and what could be improved in parts of the service which we do not currently have specific proposals for:

I.  Young people with disabilities youth provision aged 13 to 18 years
J. Bristol Autism Project (BAP)

Why We Are Consulting

Bristol City Council is consulting to help us shape Targeted Short Breaks services for children with disabilities. We are planning our services and want to know what people think about what is working well and what could be better. We are also consulting on some specific proposals for new services and changes to existing services.

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation will inform a commissioning plan that describes how we want services to work. Then, in the Autumn of 2018 Bristol City Council will advertise these services and procure these services to start running in the spring of 2019.


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Children / Young People
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Children and young people
  • Voluntary sector
  • Health & Wellbeing