The Provision of Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People who have Complex Care Needs

Organisation: The City of Edinburgh Council

Deadline: 26/04/2021

Contact: Cameron Garland

The service is to provide over night short breaks support for children with Severe Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD).

The children are referred from 4 Local Authorities (East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council) and range in age from 5-18years. They all have Behavioural Support Plans and there requires to be support and advice given by a Clinical Psychologist to assist in the delivery of the support. It is expected that the staffing ratio of 2 staff to 1 child will be required to support this group of children.

The provider will need to be Care Inspectorate registered, have staff qualified at SVQ level 3 and with an HNC and have a strong management team to support staff working with this cohort of children.

The provider needs to also have a building that can accommodate single rooms for seven children along with appropriate staff facilities. This needs to be approximately within a 35 miles radius from the borders of West and East Lothian.

The building also needs to be adapted to ensure a safe and caring environment for the children – this needs to include windows and doors that are reinforced, secure furniture, a secure garden with appropriate play equipment, space for medical equipment and secure storage of medication.

Full details of the tender can be found here.