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Short Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children

The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Duty 2010 places a legal obligation on the Local Authority to provide breaks for carers of disabled children.

  • A short break is an opportunity for children and young people to spend time away from their parents and carers to take part in enjoyable activities and meet up with friends while being appropriately cared for. It provides a break for parents and carers from their caring responsibilities, using the time to enjoy leisure or learning activities, catch up with tasks to help with the day-to-day running of their home, spend time with other family members or to simply relax and recharge their batteries. A short break could be a couple of hours each week to an overnight stay in a residential setting or with a carer

The duty also places a responsibility on the Local Authority to produce a Short Breaks Services Statement, the first of which must be published by 1st October 2011. This statement is a public document which must provide information about the following items:

  • Who is responsible for preparing the statement
  • Who is eligible for a Short Break
  • How services are designed, commissioned, offered and delivered
  • How universal council services include disabled children
  • How we are promoting equality
  • How we support families to access suitable transport
  • How we support families with their childs transition to adulthood
  • How we are developing the workforce to meet the needs of disabled children
  • What our priorities are for promoting better outcomes for disabled children​


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