Short breaks for disabled children and young people

Short breaks are available to families to provide a break from caring for a disabled child and for the child to have a break from their carers.

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:

Universal support

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.

Additional support

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.

Specialist support

For more information, see the disabled children and young people section.

How do I apply for short break funding?

If you feel your family would be eligible, and you wish to apply for a short break, please  complete the self-referral application form (docx / 153 KB) . (docx / 155 KB)

Short break grants are awarded to children under the age of 18.

Application panels

For 2024 the application process is as follows: All application forms, including any supporting documents, must be received by the deadline time and date. No late applications can be accepted. All applications must be completed on a 2024 application form.

Please contact your local Early Help team below if you require assistance in submitting the application or supporting documentation: Please note they cannot give any advice on the suitability of your application or advice on needs / assessment or documentation etc.

Applications Panel 2024
Application process opens 1 May 2024
Closing date for receipt at North Yorkshire Council of all applications and supporting documents 5pm, 31 May 2024
Date of panel 12, 13 and 14 June 2024
Date of notification of panel decision 28 June 2024

All application forms, including any supporting documents, must be received by the deadline time and date. No late applications can be accepted.

Early Help District contact numbers
Early Help West 01609 534842
Early Help Central 01609 534829
Early Help East 01609 534852