Every Disabled Child Matter's (EDCM) has published a report on short breaks. The report contains the findings of an analysis of 55 local authority short break service statements which they are obliged to publish under the Short Break Duty.
The report shows a significant leap in the numbers of LAs publishing high quality eligibility criteria and a notable increase in the number of areas operating Local Offers for short break services.
It finds that the duty to provide short breaks has driven a positive dialogue between LAs and families with disabled children, and has given LAs the confidence to take an innovative approach within an agreed framework.
This has led campaigners at EDCM to call on the Government 'to replicate this success and introduce a duty to underpin the delivery of a Local Offer for all disabled children's services.'