5. How the Resource Panel works

Resource Panels decide if your child is eligible for extra support, known as Family Support Short Breaks.

Members of the panel will be given a referral which outlines details of your child's assessment, what kind of support you are requesting and your family circumstances.

The panel has at least a day before they meet to read the referral and get to know your case.

Each referral is looked at individually by the panel members who will discuss your request and whether it is reasonable and would meet your needs and improve your family life.

Your request will either be agreed, or an alternative may be suggested.

Your social worker may be asked to provide more information about your case.

All the details of the meeting are recorded and you are contacted with the outcome of the request.