New respite care facility for children planned
A new respite care facility for children with disabilities and their families is set to open in Moor Lane, Chessington.
The new building is due to open in Autumn 2018 and will provide overnight short breaks for families with children that have special educational needs, a disability or complex medical needs.
The Moor Lane site already hosts Kingston’s disabled children’s service, which is run by Kingston Council’s award-winning social enterpriseAchieving for Children.
The children will be able to share facilities such as the playground and have easy access to other health and social care professionals, without the need for additional travel.
Cllr Richard Hudson, portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:
The new short break care facility will be of significant benefit to young people with disabilities and their carers and families. It will not only provide young people with a safe environment to learn and develop independent living skills, but also a much needed break for families that have the additional demands of caring for children with additional needs.
Under the Children Act 1989, the Council has a duty, as part of the range of services they provide for families, to provide breaks from caring to assist parents and others who provide care for disabled children.