Children's Short Breaks, 37 Perreyman Square, Tiverton EX16 6GY 01884 242060

Welcome to Devon Children’s Short Breaks Service (Barnes)

We provide short breaks for children and young people from four years of age until their 18th birthday.

More about us

Our services include:

  • Short breaks: day care and overnight stays
  • Assessment: short period of stay to assess certain areas of care, for example epilepsy, behaviour, sleep patterns, diet, continence and medication
  • Treatment: working with other professionals to provide treatment plans and
  • Support for families

We invite you and your child to visit one of our homes before they have respite care. While they are with us, they are encouraged to join in with daily living and leisure activities.

We use a range of communication methods to suit your child’s individual needs and ability. Our aim is to provide a relaxed home from home atmosphere in our homes for you and your child, and to provide a positive service and enjoyable experience.

An overview of our services:

  • Meadowpark – a five bedded home equipped to meet the needs of children and young people with significant medical needs and/or physical disability
  • Barnes – a five bedded home equipped to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs including challenging behaviour
  • Hillcrest – a three bedded home equipped to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs, including challenging behaviour
  • Welland – a seven bedded home equipped to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs including challenging behaviour and/or complex medical and physical needs

Please note, residential care for children under eight years is discouraged although we try to support children under eight through foster placements.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the Government’s health watchdog, responsible for ensuring that healthcare services registered with it provide high quality care that is safe, effective and compassionate. The CQC inspected our service in June 2017 and rated it as ‘good’. View CQC report.

Download Barnes Statement of Purpose here (pdf 0.20mb) Download Short Breaks Family Handbook here (pdf 0.15mb)

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Who will work with my child?

We are dedicated to providing every child with the best care and support we can. Our team are fully trained in-line with Ofsted guidelines and are given access to the most appropriate training to enable them to focus on the individual needs of the young people and families they support.

Every member of our team has relevant checks before they can work with your child.

Your child’s records

We record all the information about your child confidentially on our clinical system.

Click here to get more information about how we use health records.

Our commitment to you and your child

Virgin Care takes you and your child’s dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality.

Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can.

Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.

Your opinion really matters to us

Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms that can be found within all of our service locations or telling a member of the team.

Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section by clicking here.

Email referral requests to VCL.FSSreferrals@nhs.net, or ring 0330 245 321.

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I was treated with great care and understanding. The care I received was second to none; everyone was so lovely.

Sapphire Ward, Gravesham Hospital