This new document contains the National Minimum Standards (NMS) applicable to providers of Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children (HSDC). The NMS together with the Regulations such as the Residential Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children (England) Regulations 2013 (the HSDC Regulations) form the basis of the regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of HSDC providers.
The values statement below explains the important principles which underpin these standards:
- The child’s welfare, safety and needs should be at the centre of their care.
- Every child should have his or her wishes and feelings listened to and taken into account.
- Each child should be valued as an individual and given personalised support in line with their individual needs and background in order to develop their identity, self-confidence and self-worth.
- The particular needs of disabled children and children with complex needs will be fully recognised and taken into account.
- A genuine partnership between all those involved in HSDC is essential for the NMS to deliver the best outcomes for children: this includes the Government, local government and other statutory agencies.