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Short breaks

Short breaks are a way of giving parents/ carers a break from their caring responsibilities. Short breaks can also benefit the disabled child or young person.

What are short breaks

All parents/carers benefit from breaks from caring for their child from time to time, regardless of whether their child is disabled.

Types of short breaks

We provide or fund three different types of short break services: universal, targeted, and specialist.

Eligibility criteria for short breaks

Find out if you could be eligible for short breaks.

How to access short breaks

Find out what sort of short break support might be available to you and how you can access it.

Short breaks end-of-year refunds

See how to pay back any short break funding you haven't spent.

Legislation for short breaks for disabled children

Find out about the different legislations for short breaks for disabled children and their families.

Quality assurance

How we ensure the quality of our short break services

Services for children and young people with SEND

This page is part of the 'local offer' for children and young people with special educational needs

Explore the local offer