Targeted Short Breaks for children with disabilities consultation

Closed 1 Jun 2018

Opened 20 Apr 2018


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 options for future services. Your answers will help us shape services for children in the future.

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

We have specific proposals for:
1. Access to targeted Short Breaks services
2. Weekday evening and weekend daytime Short Breaks
3. A support service to help find Personal Assistants
4. Short Breaks Transport Service

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:
5.  Widening eligibility for Short Breaks to include children with complex Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs
6.  Special School Based Holidays Short Breaks
7.  Residential holiday service for disabled children and young people
8.  Young people with disabilities youth provision aged 13 to 18 years
9.  Short Break activities for Deaf and hard of hearing children and young people and their families
10. Bristol Autism Project (BAP)

Based on the feedback from this consultation, we may consult you again with new or revised proposals.


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