Short breaks for disabled children
What is a short break?
Parents of disabled children often provide intensive care
around-the-clock and get far less time than other parents to deal
with aspects of everyday life.
Short breaks increase the quality of life for disabled children
and their families by giving a break from caring for parents and
carers or an activity for a child with his/her peers. They
provide disabled children with opportunities to meet new people,
make new friends and experience different activities.
Find out more about how we provide short
Short breaks are available through a social work
Short breaks are available to children who have autism, complex
health needs or life limiting conditions, as well as those with
significant physical, cognitive and sensory impairments, and
associated challenging behaviour.
These are specialist services to support disabled children and
their families, over and above the universal mainstream services
available to all families. They meet the needs of families of
children with complex needs, following a social work
In Kent we provide a variety of short breaks for these families
and children and young people, including:
- services in family's own home - including both overnight, day
care, and sitting services
- day, evening, weekend and holiday activities
- foster families who offer both overnight and day
- overnight residential care for children with complex
- breaks for children requiring palliative care
- fuller use of school facilities
- age-appropriate activities for young people over 14 years.
You may be offered a Direct Payment to provide this for
If you would like an assessment for your child you should
contact Kent Contact and Assessment
Service on 08458 247 247.
Your child can receive a short breaks service
even if they do not already receive a service from the Disabled
Children’s Service. Find out what local activities are available.
How did we do?
If your child has recently been on one of our short breaks, we
would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to
tell us about their experience through our online survey..
Further information about services for disabled children, young
people and their families
You can find a wide range of information in five local Resource Directories, recently produced and
available as a hard copy or online. The Directories
include information on useful websites, national organisations,
local organisations, transport, rights and benefits, aids and
equipment, leisure, short breaks, holidays, transition, education,
direct payments and health services.