Short breaks and respite care explained
Short Breaks provide children and young people with disabilities opportunities to spend time away from their parents and carers, relaxing and having fun with their friends.
They also provide families with a break from their caring responsibilities and give parent and carers a chance to unwind, spend time with their other children or take part in leisure or training activities.
Short breaks help families to spend time together, ensuring that there is support to make access possible. Short break activities are offered during the daytime, evening, weekend and school holidays.
Short breaks statement
We've produced a short breaks statement (PDF document) which goes into more detail about eligibility and the types of short breaks.
Use of Personal Assistants, Direct Payment Workers and Agencies during COVID-19
Read our guidance on the use of Personal Assistants, Direct Payment workers and agencies during COVID-19. Covering the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), practical considerations and other advice so that short breaks undertaken in this way can happen safely.