The recent introduction of the Carers Act brought with it a new focus to short breaks provision across Scotland, including a new duty on local authorities to publish Short Breaks Services Statements: a document which sets out information on short break services available for local carers and cared-for people.
In recognition of the importance of producing a statement which is clear and understandable for carers – and the work involved in doing so – Shared Care Scotland brought together a group of representatives from across local authorities and health and social care partnerships in a time-limited action learning project with a remit to look at the production of statements. (Referenced in Section 6.2.18 of Carers Act Statutory Guidance)
We’re delighted to say the work of this group is now complete and the outcome, Making a Statement, Developing your Short Breaks Services Statement Guide and template, can be downloaded here.
This guide has been written by local authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) for their peers. Throughout the process the group brought their wealth of knowledge, and experience to the discussions, ensuring that Making a Statement, is set within a shared understanding of the context of short breaks.
The guide recognises that a Short Breaks Services Statement (SBSS) is more than ‘just’ a statement, but a reflection of strategic choices and decisions about provision. The document therefore presents suggestions and questions that help when preparing an SBSS as well as an overview of what should be included under each of eight headings, and sample wording that can be adapted for local use.
We hope that you will find Making a Statement invaluable as you develop your Short Breaks Services Statements.
For further information or to pass on feedback on the Guide, please contact Kate Hogarth at Shared Care Scotland.