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Find short breaks and respite care

Find short breaks and respite care

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Search the directory to find short breaks services.

To find out more about short breaks and the types available read:

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).

Short breaks we provide

These short breaks are provided by us:

To access and to see if your child is eligible them you'll need to ask for a disability assessment.

Short breaks from other providers

Some short breaks don't need you to have a disability assessment. You should contact each one to find out about eligibility and how to access them.

We're making some changes to the way we provide short breaks to young people with additional needs. 

To find out more read: 

If you'd like to be considered for short break allocation and:

  • You have a child with a disability which is substantial and has long terms needs
  • Your child is not known to children's social care

Complete the: 

The form asks questions about your child's disability which will help determine the impact on your family. 

Where to send the form

Send the completed form to shortbreaksselfassessment@wokingham.gov.uk.

Help with completing the form

For help and guidance completing the form read the short breaks self assessment guide (PDF document).


The inclusion of any company / society / group / person’s within the directory should not be used as a recommendation of that company / society / group / person’s name products and / or services.

We'd advise that before you use any service not provided by Wokingham Borough Council listed you follow the advice on  checks to make before using services.

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