Quality of care rated outstanding

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A NORTH Northumberland short break service for youngsters with a disability has impressed with its quality of care.

Barndale short break service, which uses the residential accommodation of Barndale House School in Alnwick and offers care for 10 to 18-year-olds, received a Good overall rating and was judged to be Outstanding in the categories of quality of care as well as equalities and diversity.

Referrals are made by the county council’s disability team. Parents are offered a positive support break and their children benefit from the experience of being independent and enjoy the chance to try new activities.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, executive member for children and young people, said: “Young people are at the heart of our service so we are pleased that the quality of care offered to them at Barndale has been assessed as outstanding.

“We are now looking to build on this good work to continue to improve on the services we offer to young people in our care.”

Currently 20 young people access the service, with between four and six children attending each weekend.

A Saturday club, funded by Aiming High, also runs each week for children and young people who do not require a full overnight service but need a level of support for their families.