Short breaks are matched to meet the child's needs, interests and preferences and aim to provide:
- Extra social opportunities for the child;
- A break for the parents and child; or
- Time for parents to spend with other children in the family.
There are three different types of short breaks available:
This is the support available to everyone through universal settings, such as children's centres, youth centres, libraries, leisure centres and social activities. The majority of children who require services will receive them through such resources. Information on local services is available from your local inclusion officer.
Some disabled children and young people with less complex needs will require additional support to access some universal services. Additional support is often short-term assistance to help access mainstream services such as youth groups, scouts, guides and sports clubs. This might include advice or training for providers or short-term additional support to enhance confidence and skills, if necessary.
For more information on additional support, please contact your local inclusion officer.
This is for children with more complex needs or challenging behaviour. We assess children and their families to ensure that their short breaks needs are fully understood and to tailor a service according to their need in an appropriate setting.
The types of short break available include:
- Day care;
- Overnight stays;
- Weekend stays (often once a month);
- Occasional longer stays;
- Befriending; and
- Leisure and social activities.
The short breaks will be designed around the child and family's specific needs and will be age appropriate. Short breaks provision will be reviewed periodically (but not more than once a year) to ensure that they remain suitable and are providing the support required. Short breaks for older children may include skills for adulthood, including social skills or promoting independence, where appropriate.