Wiltshire Parent Carer Council is an independent forum for parent carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities aged 0-25.
Prior to ‘Aiming High’, fewer than 100 families across Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) were able to experience the benefit that regular access to a short break provided. Families receiving this type of support tended to be those who had children with the most complex needs. Where short breaks were being provided, this generally consisted of an offer of ‘respite’ following a social care assessment of needs.
Through the endeavours of Wiltshire Parent Carer Council, its members and the local authority, a culture change is becoming embedded where families, commissioners and providers actively work together in participation and co-production. As a result of these positive relationships there is an increased understanding of the respective challenges that face families, local authorities and providers. Consequently services are developed in an informed way, and approximately 1,200 families are now able to access vital support through Wiltshire’s ‘Short Breaks Scheme’.