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If you have any further comments about short breaks, please tell us.

Base: All those making a comment (69)

This table shows that:
28% of parents/carers making a further comment about short breaks say that they are unsure how to apply or don’t know how to access them
22% think the eligibility criteria should be more relaxed (e.g. should be all SEND children, available without a short breaks card)
14% make a general positive comment (e.g. gives families a well needed holiday, valuable support)
10% say that they need more after school/holiday clubs designed for SEND children of all ages
6% say that the timings, choices of programmes and locations are not always convenient or suitable
4% say extra care or support is needed when on holiday
4% say funding is insufficient or has been cut
1% need respite for parents and guardians
1% need transport to activities
16% make an other comment (e.g. re-open Beechside, better times of the day, staff training, feedback/reviews on short breaks)

wdt_ID Key themes mentioned Percentage (%)
1 Access and awareness (unsure how to apply/more information needed on application) 28
2 Need more relaxed eligibility criteria (e.g. should be all SEND children, available without short breaks card) 22
3 General positive comment (e.g. give families well needed holiday, valuable) 14
4 Need more after school/holiday clubs designed for SEND children of all ages 10
5 Timings, choice of programmes and locations not always convenient/suitable 6
6 Extra care/support needed when on holiday 4
7 Funding cuts/insufficient funding 4
8 Need respite for parents and guardians 1
9 Need transport to activities 1
10 Other (re-open Beechside, better times of the day, staff training, feedback/reviews on short breaks) 16

“Short breaks should be available for all, not just those with a Short Breaks card,  costs should also be kept to a minimum,  also nothing is ever done in the North of the City for Short Breaks or SEND, its always in the centre, Northend, Southsea. Cosham/Drayton/Farlington seems to always be forgotten.”

“Not well known about or advertised to make people aware of this service.”

“Please open this up to more children that have been identified as SEND. This is vital and not always affordable and the barriers of requirements leaves children with the mild to moderate needs floating.

No support for families with more than 1 child and also no support for the children with SEN in this category. More needs to be done”