Respite Policy Consultation

We Asked

We asked for views and comments on the draft respite policy and the questions asked were:

Is the policy useful?

Should there be a scoring system?

Is the scoring system appropriate?

Are the maximum levels appropriate?

What further information needs to be added to the policy?

You Said

The feedback was that: the policy is useful but that amendments were needed; there should be a scoring system in the policy; the scoring system is not wholly appropriate and amendments were required; the maximum respite level should be maintained and respite should be provided where risk is assessed as moderate; and, additional information sections should be added to the policy

We Did

Five actions have been taken to amend the policy in response to feedback on whether the policy is useful.

Eight actions have been taken to amend the policy in response to feedback on whether the scoring system is appropriate.

Four information sections have been added to the policy in response to feedback on what further information needs added to the policy.

In addition, an Easy Read version of the document was suggested at a consultation event and this is being taken forward

Additional information can be found in the Respite Policy Consultation – Actions highlighted from consultation (») (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) which can be downloaded.

We Did Not Do

We did not maintain the maximum respite level and did not change the existing eligibility criteria to include those assessed with moderate needs.

The criteria had been consulted upon in 2018 and is due to be reviewed in 2021.


  • Contact:
  • Graeme Miller
  • Children’s Services Manager
    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
    Sandwick Road
    HS1 2BW

Equalities Monitoring

Please complete our Equalities Monitoring Form:

Equalities Monitoring Form

This is used by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to provide essential statistical information about who participates in our consultations.

The data is managed confidentially, is not personally attributable, and is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Western Isles Integration Joint Board (IJB) are currently reviewing the respite policy across the Western Isles.

We are considering different options about how respite is utilised across the islands and whether it should be allocated differently in the future and we want to hear from members of the public about how best to proceed.

Why We Are Consulting

The Comhairle and IJB have a limited amount of resources for the purposes of respite care. We want to make sure that there is an equitable use of these resources across our services. To this end, we want your views on how we should spread these out fairly and ensure that those who really need the services the most receive their fair share.

What Happens Next

All comments and feedback on the contents of the draft Respite Policy are welcomed. If you would like to comment on this draft policy you can do so in a number of ways as detailed below:

Comments can be submitted in writing or by email to the address below:

Graeme Miller
Children’s Services Manager
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road

We would be grateful if you could ensure your response is received by Friday 14th February 2020. 

In addition, there will be drop-in public consultation events, as follows: 

  • Tuesday 14th January, Castlebay Council Office from 2-5pm
  • Wednesday 15th January, Balivanich Council Office from 12-3pm
  • Friday 17th January, Committee Room 3, Comhairle Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 29th January, Castlebay Council Office from 3-6pm
  • Wednesday 5th February, Committee Room 3, Comhairle Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway 5-7pm

Responses will be collated and submitted to the Education Committee and the IJB for discussion and consideration before implementation of the policy.

Consultation Update

In response to a number of requests for further meetings, the consultation, as noted above has been extended to 14/2/20.

As part of the process to date, other local authorities have been asked for their maximum respite levels in order that benchmarking could take place. A number of responses have been received and these range from a maximum of 8 weeks down to a maximum of 4 weeks. In order to assist the consultation, an example of the levels of respite which would be provided if a maximum of 6 weeks was used (ie, an average from the benchmarking) has been attached as Appx. 2 below.