Respite Care for Children and Young Adults Review

Scrutiny review - Health and Social Security Panel

Launch date: 06/01/2012

Review status: Report published

What is the review about?

Respite care for children and young adults

Terms of reference

  1. To assess what respite services are available to support families who have children and young adults with special needs such as complex health needs, "challenging" behaviour and autistic spectrum disorders.
  2. To assess whether the respite services available are fit for purpose and whether they can meet future needs.
  3. To determine what agencies are involved and what resources are available with particular reference to:
      • Financial resources including government funding
      • Property
      • Manpower
  4. To assess what involvement third sector organisations have in the delivery of respite services and how these are funded.
  5. To examine what criteria is used to determine access to respite services and the level of care provided.
  6. To assess how the short and long term needs of the users are determined, and how these needs are provided for.
  7. To examine the transitional period from children's service to adult service, with particular reference to:
      • Resources available
      • How the transitional period is managed
      • Any variation to the level of respite care provided
  8. To determine whether the States has responded to recommendations of previous reviews and enquiries into respite care for children and young adults.
  9. To examine any further issues relating to the topic that may arise in the course of the Scrutiny review that the Panel considers relevant.



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