What is a short break? Minimize

Short breaks are preventative family support services that can also enhance disabled children and young people’s personal, social and emotional development. They form part of the wider package of support available to disabled children and their families.

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. These include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and take place in your child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. Provision of short breaks should be based on an assessment of the child’s whole family addressing their social needs. Short breaks usually occur on a regular and planned basis and should be part of an integrated programme of support, which is regularly reviewed. No short break should exceed 28 days continuous care and total provision over a year should not exceed 120 days.

Short break services are additional services required to support disabled children and their families: in other words, short breaks are services over and above the universal services expected and available to all families.Taken from ‘Definition of short Breaks’ - Together for Disabled Children, October 2008

Short breaks range from supporting your disabled children or young person to access universal, mainstream services through to providing specialist services at local level.
Short break services are commissioned jointly or separately by the statutory sector and are provided by a range of agencies including Ealing Council, health providers, voluntary, private or independent sector organisations.

Children can access short break provision following an assessment of their family’s social, emotional and health needs and referral to the ESCAN Resource Panel.

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Who can be considered for short breaks? Minimize

If your child or young person has a disability, is aged 0-18 years and living in the London Borough of Ealing they can be considered for short breaks.

Particular focus is given to:

  • Children with complex health needs (requiring invasive care)
  • Older children with moving and handling needs
  • Children on the autistic spectrum, (usually with severe learning disabilities)
  • Disabled children with ‘challenging behaviour’
  • Older disabled children.