Impact of short breaks on disabled children

Written by Department for EducationDate 03 Jan 2012

The Department for Education have published two reports and a summary brief looking at the impact of short breaks on disabled children and their families.

The impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child: report one of  the quantitative phase

This document reports on a cross-sectional sample of families with a disabled child using short breaks in England; it describes the characteristics of children and families using short breaks, the nature and quantity of the short breaks they are using, their experiences of and satisfaction with short breaks and which factors are associated with a range of outcomes for family carers, disabled children and their siblings.

The impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child over time: The second report from the quantitative study

This report presents the findings of a longitudinal survey into the impact of short breaks on disabled children and their families.

This research had two aims; the first was a programme evaluation of the then AHDC Short Break Pathfinder programme; the second was to provide information about the impact and outcomes of short break provision for disabled children and their parents, carers and siblings.

The report adds a longitudinal dimension to the findings reported to date, by examining continuity and change in the usage of short breaks over a 10-month period and the ongoing impact of short breaks as reported by the families who use them.  It is accompanied by a brief:  The impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child over time: The second report from the quantitative study - Brief.