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Targeted short breaks for families of disabled children

​If your child's disabilities mean they can't access universal services, you may be eligible for targeted short breaks.

Who can get targeted short breaks

Your child must:

  • be under 18 years old

  • live in the borough 

  • have a diagnosed disability

  • get the higher rate care component of disability living allowance (DLA)

  • not already get the specialist short breaks service.

If your child doesn't get the higher rate care component of the DLA

If your child does not get the higher rate, but still needs help to access activities, we can assess you to see if you can still get targeted short breaks. To apply, complete the application form below and email or post it back to us.

If you are completing the form electronically, make sure your answers fit in the boxes. If your answer requires scrolling, we won't be able to read it when we print the form. The application will be considered on an individual basis by the care package panel.

What you will get

If you are eligible, we can help you get 100 hours of short breaks every year by:

  • giving you direct payments that you can use to arrange support to meet your child's additional needs while you take a short break
  • arranging help at home so you are able to take a short break

  • referring you to Rockbourne Youth Centre or the Saturday Club.

How to apply

Complete the application form below. You can apply if you are a:

  • parent or carer

  • professional, such as a social worker or teacher

  • service provider.

What happens after you apply

We will discuss your application to see if you are eligible for support.

If you are eligible

  • We will ask you to meet a short break coordinator at Kaleidoscope who will help you work out which support option will best suit your family's needs.
  • The coordinator will work out a support plan for you.
  • After 12 months, we will review your short breaks service. If the plan is not meeting your needs, we can change it, or we may decide to end your access to the service.
  • If your child is able to access mainstream without additional support, then we may decide to end your support.


Children with Complex Needs Service - Short Breaks 

Telephone: 07468 709362 / 07468 709083 / 07468 709273 / 07468 709303 / 07920 045899 / 07468 709247 / 07827 305591

Email: shortbreaks@lewisham.gov.uk

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