A short break is for disabled children, young people and their families. They can range from an activity which lasts for a few hours to overnight stays of a number of days. They can take place during the holidays, at weekends, during the day or overnight. Short breaks should be flexible and accessible to meet your family’s needs. As well as being rewarding for young people short breaks also give parents and carers some time off for themselves and other members of the family. Short breaks can sometimes be referred to as ‘respite services’.
Short breaks offer opportunities for children and young people to:
How to access Short Breaks
The type of short break that will be most suitable will vary depending on their needs. The Local Authority will carry out an assessment with you to identify which short breaks and support would be most suitable for your child or young person. You or a lead professional can request an assessment.