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Short Breaks

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What is a Short Break?

Section 25 of the Children and Young People’s Act requires Local Authorities to provide a range of short breaks for families with disabled children (age 0-18yrs). Short breaks form part of a continuum of services, which support disabled children and their families.

Short breaks are provided to give:

  • Children and young people with a disability enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation;
  • Parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

These breaks can include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities and can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting.

They can last just a few hours to a few days, and occasionally longer, depending on the type of provision and the needs of the child and their families.

Short Breaks Statement February 2020

Needs Level Definitions


  • Suitable for children and young people who have moderate learning difficulties
  • Requiring low level/minimal supervision
  • With the ability to communicate in small group settings

Targeted Schemes:

  • For children and young people (up to 18) with disabilities, including complex needs. 


  • Where a child or young person has significant disability or impairment
  • Severe or profound learning difficulty or disability
  • Moderate learning difficulty with a physical disability
  • Permanent and significant physical disability
  • Information about eligibility and personal budgets.

Visit Bracknell Forest's Adult Services 'Help Yourself' Community Map for further leisure information for those age 18yrs +

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