Short Breaks - What are they?

Wheelchair users having fun

A short break is a fun and/or educational activity for disabled children, allowing parents/carers to take a short break from caring. Short Breaks are offered during evenings, weekends and school holidays. Taking a short break can give parents/carers the time to undertake training, enjoy leisure activities, and carry out day to day tasks, or spend time with other children.

Short breaks are sometimes referred to as 'respite services' and can include:

  • direct payments/personal budgets
  • agency support
  • daytime or overnight care
  • education or leisure activities including holiday clubs, group or individual based activities and visits

These can be awarded in a variety of combinations.

Warrington's Short Breaks local offer has two principal aims.

  1. To provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend positive time away from their main carer/s
  2. To provide parents/carers and their families with a break from their caring responsibilities

Fundamentally, for families to benefit from a short break, they need to be assured that the needs of their child are being met. Our Short Breaks will, as far as possible, be tailored to meet the individual needs of children, young people and their families.