Richmond Family Link is a short breaks service which supports disabled children and young people by offering overnight short breaks at the home of a Family Link carer.
Family Link carers are linked with the same child and so there is an opportunity to develop a relationship with the child and their family.
The children and young people who access the service all have additional needs, for example, a learning disability, physical or sensory impairment, they may be on the autistic spectrum, have other social communication difficulties or additional health needs.
Family Link offers friendship, fun and new opportunities to the children and young people involved and for their parents, it can be a break from their caring responsibilities and time to do everyday things, maybe spend time with their other children or have an evening out.
To access the Family Link service, a referral must be made by a social worker in the Disabled Children’s Team following an assessment of the needs of the child and their family. The Duty Social Worker in the Disabled Children’s Team can provide more information about the assessment process.
Updated: 11 February 2015