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What is a short break?

Short Breaks are fun or educational activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities * (SEND), allowing parents and carers of children and young people with SEND to take a ‘Short Break’ from caring. They:

  • are offered for just a few hours, during the day, during the evening, overnight, for the weekend or in the school holidays
  • take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or a community setting
  • offer different levels of support to families which could be:
    • a fun group activity once a week after the normal school day has ended either in the Short Breaks Hub, school, local leisure centre or other community settings
    • 1 to 1 support tailored to meet the needs of your family and child
    • a fun activity that includes the whole family to enjoy together on a weekend
    • an overnight or weekend stay in a residential children’s home, in your home, with specialist support
    • additional support for a child or young person to join a club in their community
    • a personal budget, enabling you to purchase your Short Breaks independently

* What do we mean by disability?

The Council applies the Equality Act 2010 definition that tells us a Disability is: ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day to day activities’.

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