What are short breaks

What are short breaks

What short breaks are, how long a short break is, where they can happen and the short breaks service statement

A short break is for disabled children and young people and their families. They give disabled children and young people the chance to:  

  • spend time away from their parents and carers to build independence skills
  • relax and have fun with their friends
  • develop their independence

Short breaks give families the chance to:

  • have a break from their caring responsibilities
  • rest and unwind
  • spend time with other family members 

A short break can be a few hours to a week to overnight stays. They can be in the day, evening or at weekends at:

  • the child’s home
  • the home of an approved short break carer
  • a residential or community settings outside of school such as after school clubs 

Residential and overnight short breaks are registered with and inspected by Ofsted. Short breaks can include:

  • families taking a break together, away from the routine of daily life
  • a break for your child away from the family
  • group activities like a youth club for children and young people 
  • holiday play schemes
  • sports, arts or music activities
  • one to one support so your child can take part in activities such as cinema trips

Short breaks service statement

Read Bristol’s short breaks statement for 2019.

The short breaks for disabled children service statement tells you:

  • what short breaks are available
  • who these services are for 
  • how we’ve designed a range of services to meet the needs of families 
  • how we evaluate services and make sure they’re meeting our standards

We review the statement every year to make sure it’s up to date. 

Read the full short breaks policy.

Find out what types of short breaks are available