Adult Short Breaks Consultations

2. Why we are consulting

Modernising short break services

We want to provide services that are value for money and that meet both current and future need. We want to make sure that people are as independent as possible and can access a wide range of short-break options close to where they live. We also want to make sure that the money we have for short breaks is spent where it is most needed.

However, our current short breaks offer does not provide enough flexibility and choice. A lack of suitable alternative community and specialist short breaks has led to inconsistent provision. As well as the use of expensive out of area placements. With the expected growth in demand and financial constraints we face - this is not going to get easier.

We believe that by modernising short break services we can make the best use of the resources we have.

Why we are asking for your views

We recently talked to service users their parents, carers and families about a new approach or strategy for short breaks services.

You told us that, overall, you agreed with the approach and the principles outlined in the strategy. This included:

  • Making sure access to short breaks was fair
  • Giving priority for those most in need
  • Supporting carers to continue caring
  • Providing a range of activities that, as well as being safe, would help people to become more independent and learn new skills

The Adult Short Breaks Strategy was agreed by Cabinet on 22 October 2018.

Now we have agreed the strategy we need to decide what short breaks will be offered and how they will be allocated. If you use short break services, it is very important that you have your say about this.

Buckinghamshire Children’s Short Breaks Strategy 2018 – 2022

Short Breaks for Adults Strategy Consultation Report


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Last updated: 20 August 2019

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