Short breaks

Short breaks as a term can relate to a large number of different services that can be accessed by children and young people with disabilities and their families. It can describe services that anyone can access or those where they can only be accessed following an assessment.

Short breaks provide families with a break from their caring responsibilities, giving parents a chance to unwind rest or spend time with other children. They can also provide children and young people with disabilities an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, relaxing with friends and having fun.

More complex needs

If you are finding that universal activities (open access for all) are not able to meet the needs of a child or young person, you can contact the Early Help team on 0161 770 7777 to find out if there is additional support available. 

The Toolkit for Employing Personal Assistants contains helpful advice on all aspects of employing a personal assistant: