Short breaks for children and young people with disabilities

It is important that all children and young people have the opportunity to experience a range of different activities. For children and young people with disabilities we know that it is important to be able to access activities alongside siblings and friends, in a safe environment which at the same time allows young people to stretch boundaries. This benefits parents and carers too, by giving them valuable time away from caring which is so important to everybody’s quality of life.

Short breaks aim to provide these opportunities. 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.

Short breaks can be provided by the local authority or other partners including health, as well as the private and voluntary sectors. Alternatively, the family can choose their own provider using a system of Direct Payments, which is part of our commitment to provide personalised services to our families.

Purpose of this statement

We know parents often find it difficult finding information they need, and so this statement sets out to help parents and carers understand:

  1. the range of short breaks services available.
  2. the criteria by which eligibility for services will be assessed.
  3. how the range of services in Blackburn with Darwen is designed to meet the needs of our children with disabilities and their families.