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Targeted Short Breaks Activities

What are Targeted Short Breaks activities?

Targeted Short Breaks activities are only intended for children and young people who live in Cumbria, who have a disability and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Some families with disabled children are likely to require Targeted Short Breaks activities as well as accessing Universal Services. Targeted Short Breaks activities are specifically designed to meet the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Council’s Targeted Short Breaks recognise that, on occasion, children and young people with SEND require additional or higher levels of support in order to participate in activities, and/or to allow parents/carers to have a break from caring.

How can Targeted Short Breaks activities help me?

The Targeted Short Breaks activities provide additional options for children and young people with SEND. They:

  • provide appropriate and additional support to enable disabled children to access fun activities and offer a break for parents and carers

  • are designed to meet specific needs, for example children with autism

  • recognise specific stage or age of the child

Targeted short breaks cancellation policy

Inevitably there needs to be a cancellation policy, concerning when a child or family want to cancel an activity, the provider cancels the activity and occasionally the local authority cancels an activity. 

Child or family:

After you have booked on to an activity or series of activities you may find that you need to cancel them.

  • If you cancel 24 hours or more before the start of a series of activities or individual activity, you will automatically get those hours back. 
  • If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will not automatically get those hours back. 
  • If you cancel part way through a serious of activities, you will not automatically get those hours back.

  • If you miss one activity in a series, you will not get those hours back.

If someone else cancels: 

  • If the provider cancels, then you will get those hours back. 
  • If the local authority cancels you will get your hours back.
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