Training material: All kinds of short breaks


Jeanne Carlin et al, Shared Care Network, ISBN 0954932811,

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“Guide” describes accurately the level of detail this book offers.
It clearly defines short breaks as distinct from fostering and as
“opportunities for disabled and other vulnerable children and young
people to spend time away from their primary carers”. The case for
short breaks is well argued in contrast to respite care, writes Rob

Chapters outline “What works in” many different ways of organising
short breaks, citing many examples of good practice including
induction, training and eligibility criteria. Commissioners,
managers or practitioners could find the lists of critical success
factors relevant. There are useful examples of good practice for
children from ethnic minorities, those with autistic spectrum
disorders or complex health needs, who are hard to place.

The book rightly emphasises the importance of children’s views and
giving families accessible information explaining the aims and
flexibility of short breaks. Its strength is its analysis of the
“issues and evidence” to support this advice.

Rob Watson is co-ordinator of the Children’s Network for
Durham Council

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