Short breaks provide children and young people with disabilities with an oppertunity to spend time away from their parents, to have fun with their friends and provide families with a break from caring responsibilities.
Short Breaks can occur at different times – during the day or evening; overnight or on weekends, and can span a few hours or a number of days. They can also be offered in various locations ranging from the family home, a carer’s home, a residential setting, or as part of a plan to offer specialist additional support by enabling access to a universal or specialist community facility or service.
Who is Short Breaks for?
Short Breaks activities and provision are for any person from birth to 18 years (up to their 18th birthday) with a disability. This includes children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), severe learning disabilities, complex health needs, cognitive or sensory impairments, moving/handling needs and/or life limiting conditions.
What services do Short Breaks provide?
Short Breaks offers different provisions for different levels of need; assessed and non-assessed. Assessed needs can be for residential/overnight respite care or other social care support. Non assessed can be for clubs, activities, subsidised breaks county wide.
How do I access the assessed services?
Overnight residential short breaks are dependent on many factors and are only granted following an assessment of needs process by Social Care. Please contact the Customer Service Centre (CSC) – 01522 782111 who will be able to guide you towards a suitable range of options for your child/young person and you as a family.