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21 February 2022
Illustration of a family with a blind child and guide dog walking along a beach front

We have developed a new Short Breaks Commissioning Strategy (PDF, 4.21mB ). This Strategy sets out our approach to providing short breaks to children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) and their families. 

We have reviewed what we currently provide and have spoken with families to get their views on how needs are currently being met and what changes might be required. The Strategy sets out our 5-year vision and plan for improving our offer in response to what we have heard. It also sets out how we would like to work better with partners and our plans for achieving better value for money from our existing resources.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of this strategy, firstly all of the families who responded to the surveys and formal consultation and also to those families who participated in the virtual meetings.  We would also like to thank the Essex Family Forum and the Multi School’s Council who have also assisted in the development of the strategy.

There will be other opportunities for continued engagement as the offer develops.