The SPLASH Management Committee wish to help families in crisis access our services free of charge when they have an emergency or no alternative means of payment. As a parent -led charity we have first hand experience of need; when one of us becomes sick, a family member dies, or there has been marriage/relationship break up, the added pressure can be overwhelming. Where we can SPLASH would like to help with additional respite.

Funds will be limited. From 2016 forward, we will designate 50% of all monies raised through community fundraising to providing this facility. It needs to be recognised by all as a stop gap, not a permanent solution.  SPLASH will work closely with families in crisis and Devon County Council to aid continuation of service funded through alternative sources.

It is important to us that the procedures we follow are transparent, fair and non-discriminatory. Therefore, we have developed this policy to outline criteria for referral; the referral and decision making process, response time, limitations on support and referral pathways for ongoing aid.  

Criteria for referral:

A sudden family crisis e.g.
  • Illness of main carer or sibling
  • Death in the family
  • Relationship break up
  • An emergency in the extended family, requiring the main carer’s attention.
A significant family problem e.g.
  • Recent diagnosis; statutory provision not in place
  • Family relocation; support framework not in place
  • A financial problem/cash flow crisis

This provision is intended to support families with children with profound physical disabilities and/or severe learning disabilities. We will only waive fees for children with a diagnosed condition. We will prioritise provision on a ‘most need’ basis. All provision will be time limited. Maximum of 6 days per client.

You can download the full policy from our Policies and Practice guidelines page

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