What's the referral criteria?
The child or young adult has a progressive health condition that is likely to result in a shortened life expectancy or is experiencing a life threatening episode.
A holistic health and social care assessment identifies the child or young adult’s need for a specialist residential short break service.
The child or young adult needs supervision from registered children’s nurses.
The child or young adult’s need for planned residential short breaks cannot be met by other services in his/her local area.
The age range is from birth up to 25 years. The child or young adult lives in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland or Durham City, Chester-le-Street and Derwentside.
Referrals for children and young people from other areas will be considered on a case by case basis, in consultation with commissioners from the relevant areas.