Children and Young People with Disabilities: Short Breaks Offer

Closed 25 Oct 2020

Opened 23 Sep 2020


Essex County Council is developing a new Commissioning Strategy for Services for Children and Young People with Disabilities. This involves our commissioners and research team deepening their understanding of the diverse range of needs of the children and young people and identifying and improving the support and opportunities in place to meet those needs.

This work is being done with a range of partners and most importantly that includes you as families and this survey marks the first of many opportunities for you to tell us what you think and start shaping what support and opportunities will look like into the future.

Our first job is to look at the short breaks offer known as “clubs and activities” and “light touch care”. These are the opportunities that provide leisure time and informal education opportunities. This might include dance, sports, arts and life skills such as cooking. 

Why your views matter

The contracts for these clubs and activities expire in September 2021. To help us put the right things in place for after September 2021 we want to hear what works best for children, young people and families, for example what you enjoy doing and things you would like to achieve by attending these opportunities.

The information you provide will help us start to design the new offer with you from now until the new services are in place.

Completing the survey

This survey should be completed by parents or carers and there is also an opportunity for children and young people to give their views at the start of the survey.

If you have more than one child, please complete one survey for each child.  There is also a dedicated space for a young person to give their individual feedback at the beginning of the survey. 


By completing this survey, you are giving us permission to use this information to inform our plans. Any information you share with us as part of this project will not be identifiable to individuals or organisations in our final report.  The individual responses will be kept for two years. 

Different format and further information

If you need help completing this survey, please email

GDPR and Data Protection Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you.  The information will only be used for the purposes described above and will not be kept longer than is necessary to do so, up to a maximum of two years. We will not share your personal details with any other agency unless we have concerns that you or another individual may be at risk of harm or if it is required by law. We do not collect personal information for commercial purposes. 

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