Action for Children and Every Disabled Child Matters commissioned nef consulting to examine the social and economic value created by the short breaks component of the AHDC programme, for disabled children with complex needs. The report focuses on the value created for the state and further examines the conditions necessary to maintain any identified benefits.
This report begins by providing a short overview of the AHDC programme and the policy context in which it is embedded. This is followed by an overview of the short breaks component and emerging best practice among the 21 LAs selected as Pathfinders. The following section covers the 'theory of change' - the route by which the activities that constitute short breaks result in social and economic outcomes. The report concludes with a discussion of the findings.