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.