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Short Breaks

What are Short Breaks?

Short breaks are opportunities for those with special educational needs and disabilities such as learning disabilities, mental health problems and physical disabilities to take part in enjoyable activities with or without parents or carers.

Short breaks also offer parents and carers a break from their caring responsibility for short periods of time.

Short breaks operate differently for young people and adults. Please see below for more information.

The latest Kirklees short breaks statement can be found here (opens PDF in new window)

A short break is an opportunity for a disabled child or young person to take part in enjoyable activities and experiences with or without their parents or carers.

Short breaks can also offer parents and carers a break from their caring responsibility.

Short breaks can take place at home, in a community or residential setting, they can take place with a relative, a friend, a community activity provider or an approved carer or organisation.

Kirklees has a range of short breaks including universal activities that are aimed at all children and young people, such as swimming, Girl Guides or Scouts, art clubs and sports activities. There are also targeted services that are specifically tailored to disabled children and young people (link to targeted offer) which can be considered following an assessment.

The latest Kirklees short breaks statement can be found here (opens PDF in new window)

A short break should not be used to enable a parent to work as an alternative for childcare. 

Parents/carers can search for childcare for children and young people with SEND using the Kirklees Childcare search page (opens in a new window).

You can also use the Kirklees Online Directory (opens in a new window) to search for childcare or you can contact the Family Information Service on 01484 414887 or email fis@kirklees.gov.uk for more help.

For people with additional support needs, for example a learning disability ot mental health problems who need occasional or regular breaks which include some care and support in a home-from-home setting. This could be anything from one night to a couple of weeks in order to give full time carers a much-needed break. It could be a day-time break, a long weekend or can be up to a 28 day stay. Many of our carers try this first as a 'taster' of long-term care.

Short breaks for adults are ran by a service called Shared Lives, more information can be found on the shared lives Local Offer page (opens new page).

To speak with someone about Shared Lives and short breaks, please contact Gateway to Care:

Telephone: 01484 414933

Email: gatewaytocare@kirklees.gov.uk 

Last updated: 18/11/2020