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What are short breaks?


What is a short break?

Short breaks allow a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer whilst enabling their carer to take a break.

They give children and young people the opportunity to develop new friendships, take part in new experiences, learn new skills and have fun whilst achieving positive outcomes. A Short Break could be for a few hours, a day, overnight or a weekend. The child or young person will be looked after in a supportive, safe environment.

What types of short breaks are available?

There are different kinds of short breaks available, depending on the needs of the young person.

Wherever possible, we try to enable disabled children and young people to access mainstream services, such as after school clubs, local play schemes, youth services and leisure facilities, with or without additional support.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility Criteria

Children and young people resident in Hillingdon are eligible for Short Breaks if they have a physical, learning, sensory or mental impairment which has a substantial and critical impact on their ability to perform day to day activities. This may include a physical or learning disability, a hearing or visual impairment. This also includes children who have complex health needs including those with palliative care needs, life limiting or life threatening conditions.

If your child has an Education and Health and Care plan you can discuss short break options with your school SENCO, or if your child needs specialist support to access short breaks please contact Children with Disabilities social work team to request an assessment.  

How do I access?

You can arrange for your child to take part in any mainstream services yourself but it is important to discuss your child's needs with the provider so that they are able to understand what additional support may be required to enable your child to fully participate in the activity.

The directory of services within this website shows the range of services and activities available in the local area and whether they would be suitable for your child.

Hillingdon council also offers targeted activities for children and young people including the Fiesta Scheme and Young Hillingdon.

Following on from the success of the Summer Holiday short breaks programme in association with Harrow Mencap and Community Solutions, activities for children and young people with additional needs will continue to be offered at the Wren Centre in South Ruislip on Saturdays and holidays until March 2020 - Saturday and Holiday Club - The Wren Centre.pdf.

Short breaks Statement

The breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 requires local councils to produce a Short breaks Services Statement which helps families understand:

  • what the eligibility criteria for these services are
  • what services are available in their Borough
  • explains how the range of short breaks are designed to meet the local needs of families with disabled children.

The information in this Statement applies to families living in the London Borough of Hillingdon who have a disabled child or child with additional needs, aged 0 to19 years old. The Hillingdon's Short Breaks Statement is being updated and will be available here shortly.

Last reviewed: 09/09/2019

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