Short breaks for families

boy in wheelchair short breakShort breaks (sometimes referred to as respite care) provide children and young people with disabilities with an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, relaxing and having fun with their friends. They provide families with a break from their caring responsibilities and give parent carers a chance to unwind, rest or spend time with other children.

Local short breaks services

Our Short Breaks Statement [PDF 1.19MB] gives information on the range of short breaks available across the City, together with feedback on the services from users and eligibility information where it applies.

The short breaks we offer will be changing from September 2018 as part of the City’s Special Schools and PRU reorganisation.  This reorganisation gives the authority an excellent opportunity to change some of the short break support available and to make better use of our buildings to provide activities outside the normal school day and at weekends as well as other positive changes.  Parents and carers, together with children and young people will continue to be involved in the planning of these changes.

Current offer

We offer a range of high quality short breaks to meet different needs in partnership with parent carers and with colleagues in the voluntary sector.

Some of these services can be accessed by any family whose child is eligible, for example play schemes. Parents may also be expected to make a contribution to these services, depending on their income. Other short break services for disabled children will require an assessment for eligibility by the social care team. These kinds of short breaks include overnight stays with link families or in one of our residential homes.