Short breaks give disabled children and young people the chance to spend time with friends, experience new activities, and develop new skills and independence. They also give parents and carers a break from their caring role and time to recharge their batteries. This used to be called “respite”.
There are different types of short break available. They can:
- Be a break for a child away from their family
- Involve supporting families to take a short break together, away from routine of daily life.
Short breaks can last a few hours, a day, evening, overnight or longer. They could take place in or away from the family home.
For more information read the Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities Statement (PDF document).