We offer enjoyable breaks with the highest standard of care for children with disabilities and complex health care needs. We work closely with you and other professionals (schools, health care professionals) to keep your child with the family.
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Using this service
If you want to use the service you should contact the Disabled Children’s Social Work and Short Break Team who are based at Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH or telephone 020 8464 3333. Someone from the team will come to your home to assess you and your child’s needs to find out what is the best short-term break service for you.
If the team recommends that your child comes to Hollybank you will be able to come and have a look around before making a decision about whether Hollybank is right for you. Click here to download a leaflet on the Hollybank service.
Who is this service for?
Children aged 5 to 17 years with disabilities, complex health care needs, autism and challenging behaviour. You must be living in the Bromley Borough or registered with a Bromley GP to come to Hollybank.
Getting ready for Hollybank
Once it has been agreed that your child can come to Hollybank, we will come and visit you at home, and your child at school. This is to make sure we have all the information we need to care for your child. You will also be given an information pack that details all you and your child need to know about coming to Hollybank.
To get to know your child’s needs better, we will invite you and your child to Hollybank for tea visits. This is straight from school and normally finishes between 6-7pm so your child can meet some of the other children and the staff who will be looking after them.
After about three visits your child will be offered dates to come and stay overnight.
We have two children’s guides with pictures that you can print off and show your child, so they can see what happens at Hollybank. You can choose whether Guide 1 or Guide 2 is most appropriate for your child
Hollybank’s Statement of Purpose describes our aims and objectives and the services and facilities we provide.
Our Information Pack gives you all the information you and your child need to get the most out of your short term break and enables you to keep all the information together in this colourful folder.
Our emergency bed service
If you’re the parent or carer of a disabled child, it’s possible that you live with the anxiety of what would happen to your child if suddenly you were unable to provide for them. Unlike siblings who might to be cared for by family or friends, your disabled child can remain vulnerable at such times owing to their additional and complex care needs or need for adapted accommodation.
At Hollybank we can offer an emergency bed for your disabled child if he or she has a similar profile to those children who already come here for short breaks. It’s not only for children already known to us at Hollybank. For more information read our leaflet.
Children who come to Hollybank need our care and support because they are living with a range of needs and health conditions. Information from NHS Choices tells you a bit about more some of the conditions that our children may have.
Other information and advice
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