Short breaks are matched to meet the child's needs, interests and preferences and aim to provide:
- extra social opportunities for the child
- a break for the parents and child
- time for parents to spend with other children in the family
See our short breaks statement to find out who can access a short break, what is available at different levels of need and how this can be accessed.
There are three different types of short breaks available:
This is the support available to everyone through universal settings, such as, libraries, leisure centres, children and family hubs and social activities. The majority of children who require services will receive them through such resources. Information on local services is available on our children and family hub page.
Some disabled children and young people with less complex needs will require additional support to access some universal services. Additional support is often short-term assistance to help access mainstream services such as youth groups, scouts, guides and sports clubs. This might include advice or training for providers or short-term additional support to enhance confidence and skills, if necessary.
For more information on additional support from your local early help consultant, please contact us.
For more information, see the disabled children and young people section.
How do I apply for short break funding?
Short break grants are awarded to families with children under the age of 18. If you feel that your family would be eligible and you wish to apply for a short break please complete the self-referral application form (docx / 147 KB).
Further details about how to apply and submit your form are included within the self-referral form.
Following the successful distribution of funds at the May 2023 panel there are still some funds available therefore we will continue to welcome and accept completed applications.
All applications must be completed on a 2023 self-referral application form.
If you require any help in submitting your application or supporting documents from your local Early Help Team please contact us.
Please note that the Early Help Team cannot provide you with any advice on the suitability of your application or advice on needs/assessment or documentation.