About short breaks

There are lots of reasons why short breaks are great for both the children and young people as well as their parents and carers.

Short breaks help disabled children and young people to:

  • develop their independence
  • increase their readiness for becoming an adult
  • help their physical and emotional health
  • reduce loneliness
  • have new experiences and learn
  • have fun and meet friends.

Short breaks help parents and carers to:

  • take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • rest and unwind
  • spend time with other family members
  • provide the right support at the right time
  • build their family resilience.

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Further support

To find out more you can contact:

  • the organisation providing the activity or short break directly
  • your social worker, to find out what is available for you
  • Information, Advice and Support Kent, who provide free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support for SEND children, young people up to age 25, parents and carers.

Our short breaks statement also explains how we supporting parents and carers to get a break from caring.