Residential Short Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Consultation 2020

Closed 3 Jul 2020

Opened 22 May 2020

Results Updated 3 Sep 2020

The consultation analysis report has now been published.



This questionnaire is for parents, carers and professionals. If you’re a young person who uses the services, or a brother or sister of a service user please fill in our young person’s questionnaire.


It is the duty of Local Authorities to consider the needs of carers with disabled children who would be unable to continue to provide care unless breaks from caring were given to them.  Breaks should enable them to carry out activities that they would otherwise not be able to do such as: 

  • Receiving education, training or regular leisure activities
  • Better meet the needs of other children in the family
  • Carrying out day to day household tasks

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and the Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) provide different types of breaks. These include non-residential short breaks, residential short breaks, personal care and support, family link, holiday clubs and sleep services to help and support families to stay together as a family unit by giving them a short break.

This consultation is only about residential short breaks.

The current residential short breaks contract ends on 31st March 2021. This means we need to start preparing to purchase a new contract now so that it will be ready by 1st April 2021. Starting a new contract is an opportunity for us to review how the service could work differently and we would like your views on how it is working for you.  We would also welcome your ideas and suggestions on what could be improved to help shape how the services are delivered now and in the future. The amount of money we have to spend on the service remains the same and we want to get the best value and outcomes for families from this funding.

Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

How to have your say

Please fill out this questionnaire to tell us your views about the service.

You can also give us your views by emailing or writing to us or by telephoning us or using Zoom.

We were hoping to hold a drop-in session at both the John Greenwood Shipman Centre (Northampton) and The Squirrels (Rushden) to give people the chance to meet with the Council officers responsible for purchasing the service face-to-face and to answer any queries and listen to feedback. Unfortunately, due to the various restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are no longer able to hold these face-to-face sessions. However, if you wish to talk to Council officers we are still keeping these times free to speak to you either over the telephone (07917 068487) or by Zoom:

  • Tuesday 16th June – between 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm  
  • Thursday 18th June – between 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Please email for more information and to book an appointment time.

If you have any questions, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format (including easy read or large print paper copies), you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are:

Email address:

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Telephone: 0300 126 1000

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Thank you for helping us by filling in this questionnaire.