Report reveals respite plays vital role to keep families together

A nationwide report, launched today, 10 October 2017, reveals that 75% of couples who endured rapport breakdown didn’t have use of frequent respite care at that time.

The study by Bournemouth College together with Julia’s House Children’s Hospice demonstrated 74% of oldsters rated short breaks by children’s hospices as getting an optimistic impact on their relationship.¬†

This national study examined the outcome that taking care of a existence-limited or existence-threatened child is wearing parental relationships. Its focus was around the effect that short breaks provided y children’s hospices dress in parents’ relationships.

17 children’s hospices from across England and Scotland required part within the research, that was conducted by Ashley Mitchell of Bournemouth College together with Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charitable organization.


In the summary the report states, “Taking care of existence-limited and existence-threatened children puts pressure on relationships and, unsupported, some parents’ relationships don’t survive repeated physical and emotional strain. The unrelenting, exhausting cycle of care means couples can finish up leading separate lives.

Many parents within this study rated short breaks supplied by children’s hospices as getting an immediate, positive impact on their relationship having a partner, providing them with rare time together like a couple. Others used short breaks to spend more time with their other children or simply enjoyed time for you to themselves, regaining some balance within their lives, ultimately benefitting everyone.

The research provides evidence to aid the requirement for an instantaneous overview of Government policy to be able to lessen the emotional burden on families, because this frequently results in parental break-up – and potential economic cost. Family disintegration through divorce becomes an costly burden around the Condition. Short breaks supplied by children’s hospices should form a part of a preventative policy solution.”

The report obtainable in the Together for brief Lives website 

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