enabling disabled children to access various activities
Action for Children short breaks were found to enable disabled children and young people to access activities which may be readily available to non-disabled children.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
short break services of Action for Children (residential, family based, community based)
Short breaks are delivered in the form of overnight stays, day, evening and weekend activities and services which enable the child to participate in educational and recreational activities. They can take place in the child's own home, the home of an approved carer or a residential or community setting. The central aim of short break provision is to provide disabled children with enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, and gives parents and families a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.
aged between four and 20 years old, with an average (mean) age of 11 years
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Quantitative Fragebogenerhebung (schriftlich/offline), Qualitative Interviewbefragungen (persönlich)
In total, eight different Action for Children short break services participated in the study: three residential short breaks (Sites A, B and C) which contributed primarily to the interim phase, two family based short break services, two community based short break services and one service providing activity holidays (Sites D – H). The analysis of outcomes was based on the Action for Children outcomes framework, which consists of a number of indicators. At entry to a service, a number of outcome indicators are identified for each child and the progress against these outcomes is measured at six monthly intervals. This material was supplemented by survey and interview data gathered from staff, commissioners and delivery partners and the families of children who access the service.
• Social skills improve • Communication skills improve • Engages safely in a leisure activity of his or her choice • Views are sought, heard and contribute to decision making • Quality of family life is enhanced • Parents or carers capacity to cope with difficulties is enhanced • Improvement in emotional wellbeing • There is an improvement in practical life skills • Makes informed choices
79 participantsin the survey