Short breaks

What are short breaks?

Short Breaks form part of a range of services, which support parents and carers of disabled children and their families to continue to provide care or to do so more effectively. Services have been designed to enable families and their children to have more and control about the services that they access and when they access them so they are individual, person-centred and flexible around the needs of the child.

Short Breaks are provided to give:

  • disabled children and young people enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation
  • parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

The service can offer information and support to families and professionals already working with disabled children to plan appropriate support and services that will provide better outcomes for them and their families.

Children and families will be able to access through the service:

  • Information about universal short breaks services for all
  • More targeted low level support via the local offer- a set amount of funding for disabled children. To access the local offer you will need to access an assessment that identifies need against our eligibility criteria.
  • Specialist support: this can be access to a direct payment, personal budget and direct support contact with a care provider. There are a number of targeted and specialised short breaks groups for further information.

Further information is available to download (below).

Who is eligible?

The children who can access the short breaks service will have long term disabilities and needs which are significantly and consistently greater than children and young people of the same age.

In Bury we see disabled children as being those children and young people aged 0 to 18 years whose daily lives are substantially affected by one or more of the following diagnosed conditions:

  • hearing impairment
  • visual impairment
  • learning disability
  • physical disability
  • chronic/life threatening physical injury
  • a communication disorder such as autism.

The child's condition should usually be expected to last for more than 12 months and have a substantial effect upon the child in more than one of the following areas:

Their physical ability in respect of:

  • communication and understanding
  • awareness of risk and danger
  • behaviour and independence.

For further information please see downloads below for Bury's Eligibility Criteria and Bury's Short Breaks statement or contact us.