Activity Respite Care for children with special needs and disabilities
Overview of the service
ARC is a new and exciting targeted service which provides children with moderate learning difficulties and special needs, between the ages 8-16 years, outside school activities which will support them to develop their social, personal and academic skills in a real world setting. The activities will range from basic cooking sessions, board games, trips out i.e. to the cinema, arts and craft activities and much more.
Communication and interaction needs
Language disorders; verbal dyspraxia; autistic spectrum disorders; communication needs; other
Cognition and learning needs
Dyslexia; moderate learning difficulties
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Anxiety or depression; ADHD; eating disorders; attachment disorder; challenging behaviour
Visual impairment; hearing impairment; other
Categories of need
Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Down Syndrome, MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability, Social, Mental and Emotional Health , Visual Impairment, Mild Speech and Language difficulty, Moderate Speech and Language difficulty, Hearing Impairment, Challenging Behaviour, Personal Care Needs, Fragile X, Global Development Delay
8-11 and 12-15
Who we provide for
This service is available 2 evenings a week (Tuesdays and Fridays 6-9pm) and
3 days a week during half terms (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30-3pm)
What we do
• ARC is a new service which provides children from the age of 8-16 years with evening and half term activities. The activities will range from cooking, board games, arts and crafts etc. during the evenings to cinema trips, meals out, bowling and coastal trips etc. during half terms weather permitting (we will still be able to gain access to the indoor space).
• The purpose of this service is to provide both children and parents/carers respite care away from their daily routine. The aim of this service is to enable the children to develop their independence, confidence and social awareness skills in their journey to becoming an adult.
• At this stage, there is no limitation as to the amount of time that your child can attend ARC. At a later stage, we may have to limit the amount of sessions due to the amount of children attending.
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
If they meet the criteria
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
• All staff have received level one safeguarding training within the last 12 months
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
• All staff have received Disability Awareness training in the last 12 months
• Some staff have received Autism Awareness training
• Some staff have been Team Teach trained
• All staff will be (if not already) first aid trained
Assessing child safety
• All staff working at ARC with be DBS checked before employment commences.
• All staff will also be asked for references and also certificates of training and experience.
• Each child that will attend ARC will have a personal plan (PP) in place. Within this plan, we will keep all information regarding your child including disabilities, needs, medication and support needed.
• ARC will provide staffing based on the activities involved and also the need of the individual chid. Extra costs may apply for 1:1 ratio.
• Some interventions that may be used are a feeling rating Scale which teaches children how to regulate their emotions, use of visual supports, calming area for timeout, sensory toys for calming
Deciding who can use the service
• ARC has the responsibility of making a decision as to whether a child can attend the service.
• This will be decided by the need of the child and as to whether we can provide your child with the full support that they need in order to keep them safe without detriment to the safety or wellbeing of other service users.
• ARC will ensure that each child will be accessed as to whether we can provide the support needed for your child. If we cannot meet the needs of your child, this will be explained fully to the Parent/Carer of the child.
• ARC provides a service for children from the ages of 8-16 years and can attend within these age ranges. Children can join this service at any point within these age ranges. There is no set time limit for them to attend.
Is there a charge for the service?
Direct Payments and Own funds
Low stimulus environment, Secure environment, Sensory room or area, Time out / quiet area
Respite & short breaks, Funding and direct payments and Support and family members
Education and childcare
Leisure and play
Clubs & activities, Things to do, Holidays and Friendships & relationships
Preparation for adulthood
Money and Getting around
Communicating with parents and carers
• ARC propose to keep parents/carers informed by sending out feedback forms to them and also their children.
• There is no set communication system in place at the moment. However, ARC we assess each childs individual needs when they sign up and will review this periodically.
• Arc is currently in the process of activating its website. Leaflets will be distributed throughout local schools and services. They can also be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
• Unfortunately, there is no current system in place to communicate with parent carers whose first language is not English.
• Each child that attends ARC will be given the opportunity to leave feedback during each session. This can then be shared at parent/carers request either verbally or by email.
• Currently we do not offer parent training or learning events, however our website could signpost parents/carers to local services i.e. Local Offer, Sutton ASD Service, NAS (National Autistic Society) Sutton Branch for parents/carers. Who may be able to offer the opportunity of training etc.
• ARC can offer the use of visual timetables and social scripts for children that would find these helpful.
• Verbal feedback can be given to each parent/carer whilst collecting their child. However, if a parent/carer would prefer we can send an email updating them with some feedback.
Is the service fully accessible?
• The building itself is fully wheelchair accessible.
• There have been no improvements in the auditory and visual environment on site.
• There are disabled toilets available on site and we will access the necessary facilities whilst out in the community.
• Staff will be available to help all children access the activities and all areas on site.
• Each childs needs will have been assessed at the application stage so that all activities are accessible.
• ARC is a service that is provided in St Peters Church, Bishopsford Road, Carshalton during weekday sessions and within the local community during school half terms.
• Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. in advance to discuss your childs specific needs and we will work with you to resolve any issues as required.
• ARC will be inclusive regardless of gender, ethnicity and needs.