Short breaks

Short breaks give parents of disabled children a break from caring. At the same time, disabled children and young people get a chance to try new and fun experiences and to be more independent.

There are many different types of short breaks services. For example, holiday playschemes, Saturday clubs, overnight respite, befriending, family activities, and more. Short breaks can take place in the community, in the home of an approved carer, or in the child’s home. Families can choose to receive direct payments instead of a short breaks service.

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Short Break Grant Scheme: Families with disabled children and young people aged 0-19 can apply for a one-off grant payment of up to £400 per family.

Short Breaks Service Statement: All local authorities must publish a Short Breaks Service Statement, which sets out the range of services provided and any eligibility criteria that apply. Sheffield’s statement is from 2011 and in need of an update.