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About short breaks and respite

Have your say about our Short Break offer for children and young people with additional needs (SEND) under 18 years of age by joining in our consultation.

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. These may range from just a few hours to day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and take could place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. Short break services are additional services required to support disabled children and their families to remain safe, well and secure.

Short breaks can include:

  • families taking a break together, away from the routine of daily life
  • a break for your child away from the family
  • group activities like a youth club for children and young people 
  • holiday play schemes
  • sports, arts or music activities
  • one to one support so your child can take part in activities such as cinema trips

While some short breaks are available without assessment, provision of some types of short breaks is based on an assessment of the whole family, addressing both their personal and social needs. Short breaks occur on a regular and planned basis and should be part of an integrated programme of support which is regularly reviewed. No short break or single placement should last for more than 17 days of continuous care and total provision over a year should not exceed 75 days.

Universal services

Universal services are provided or are available to all children and young people.  if your child is registered disabled you may be able to get additional help for paying for Ofsted or school registered holiday activities through Tax Credits, they include:

  • play schemes
  • holiday activities
  • after school clubs
  • youth clubs
  • uniformed groups such as scouts and guides
  • libraries
  • playgrounds and parks 

You will need to talk to the provider directly to see what support they can provide for your child.

Our Short Breaks Statement is now available.  Our Daycare Development Team run a variety of specialist activities in Weston-super-Mare and Portishead.

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