Short breaks are services provided to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to support them to experience things that other children do, at home and in their community.  Short breaks services also enable family carers to continue to provide the care that enables children with disabilities to be fully part of their families.  For most children and young people with special educational needs and/ or disabilities these are provided by services that are available to everybody.

A short break can be:  

  • Accessible fun activities in the community
  • Support to access fun activities in the community
  • Day time or overnight care in the home or elsewhere
  • Services to help carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

Short Breaks Statement

A Short Breaks Statement provides information about the range of Short Breaks available, any eligibility criteria and information about how to access a Short Break.

Short Breaks Statement 2023


Short Breaks Annual Report

The Short Breaks annual report 2022/23 provides a summary of the work that’s been undertaken by the teams involved in the short break process, what’s been achieved and our performance. It also explains what our plans are for the future.

Short Breaks Privacy Notice

If you are receiving specialist short breaks support please see the Short Breaks Privacy Notice for your information on how your information is collected and used.

If you would like to see a list of available short breaks services, please click here

Last updated: 12/5/2022