Short breaks aims to provide opportunities for children and young people with disabilities. We know that it is also important to be able to access universal activities alongside siblings and friends, in a safe environment which at the same time allows young people to stretch boundaries. This benefits the parents and carers too, by giving them valuable time away from caring which is so important to everybody’s quality of life.
Depending on the needs of the child, young person and carer, provision can range from an hour a few times a week with a support worker to help access universal services in the community, ranging to a number of overnight breaks each year for those children and young people with complex needs.
We know parents often find it difficult finding information they need, and so from the link on this page you can access our Short breaks statement, which sets out to help parents and carers understand:
- the range of short breaks services available.
- the criteria by which eligibility for services will be assessed.
- how the range of services in Blackburn with Darwen is designed to meet the needs of our children with disabilities and their families.
Download the Short breaks statement
Find out about becoming a foster carer for short breaks