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​​​Short Break Services for families with children & young people with additional needs or disabilities.

LAST UPDATED - 14/01/2022​

​Short Breaks are available for disabled children and young people and are intended to have positive benefits for both children and young people and their parent carers.

Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people:

  • To spend time away from their parents/carers;
  • The chance to develop new friendships;
  • To develop their independence;
  • To take part in new experiences and to have fun doing positive activities such as swimming, youth clubs, day trips with friends and much more.

Short breaks aim to provide their parent carers with:

  • A necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibility;
  • A chance to rest and unwind;
  • To spend time with other members of the family.

Short Breaks provision can range from a few hours a week to an allocated number of overnight breaks per year and anything in between.

 Redcar and Cleveland's Short Breaks Offer is provided under 3 categories; Universal Services, Self-Referral Clubs and Social Worker Referral Services.

Universal Services​

The majority of parent carers  are able to get a short break by using free or low cost local services that are open to all.  These may include: soft play areas, trampoline parks, school clubs, stay and play sessions, leisure services or uniformed groups such as Scouts/Guides.


Service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments and must not treat a disabled person less favourably.  Some offer sessions specifically for children and young people with additional needs.  However, not all universal services will be suitable for everyone.  It is advisable to contact the provider to discuss your child's needs and what they can offer.


For details of clubs and social opportunities for young people aged 18+ please click here


For more information on what Universal Services are available in Redcar and Cleveland please visit our SEND Local Offer webpage or contact our Local Offer Team

Self-Referral Clubs 5 years +

Our Self-referral clubs are regular clubs such as After School and Holiday Clubs and are specifically for children with disabilities.  These clubs are funded by the Local Authority and are provided by our own staff and by specially selected organisations. 


The clubs take place around the Borough providing children and young people with an opportunity to meet new people and try a wide range of activities such as Sports, Arts and Crafts, Swimming and Cooking.  Some clubs will require families to make a small contribution to attend which will be used to fund activities and equipment.


Families can contact the groups direct without the need for a social care assessment or social worker referral. 


You can download and view the Short Breaks Clubs Offer below:

Short Breaks Clubs Calendar - Se​ptember 2021

Sport Works Clubs

The Junction Foundation Clubs

If you require any further information please email

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Social Worker Referral Services​

Sometimes a child or young person may have more significant or complex needs due to their disability and/or family circumstances and will need more specialist support.  The level of support needed will be identified by a Social Worker Assessment and may include a mixture of specialist provision such as a personal assistant, respite care or group provision.  These services will be commissioned spec​ifically for the child's needs or alternatively a family may choose to take a Direct Payment to arrange the services themselves.

You can download and view our Short Breaks Social Worker Services​ document below:

Short Breaks Social Worker Referral Services

If you are interested in these services, please contact your Social Worker.  If you do not have a Social Worker but feel you require more support, please ring:

  • Children’s Multi Agency Hub 01642 130700 for children up to the age of 18 years
  • Single Point of Access 01642 065070 - for those aged over 18 years old

Short Breaks Statement

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has a duty to produce and publicise a Short Breaks Service Statement.  The Statement must detail:

  • The range of services on offer;
  • Eligibility criteria for accessing services;
  • How to access services;
  • How the range of services has been designed to meet the needs of local carers.​

Our Statement is kept under constant review. You can download and view the Short Breaks Statement below:

Short Breaks Statement - June​ 2021

Other Useful Documents

How to access SEND Local Offer

Use of Childrens Hubs

Childrens Advocacy Service

MAIN - Keeping Teesside Connected

The Creative Couch Tees Valley

Young Carers Flyer

Young Carers Weekly Group Activities

Carers Together

Portage SEND 0-4 Years

RCBC Parent Carer Forum Magazine - January 2021​

SEND - Transitions ​Guide

Tees Family​ Support

North East Peer Network Newsletter - April 2021


Top Tips for Independent Travel Training

Covid-19 Vaccine for Children FAQ

Short Breaks Logo Competition 2021 - Entr​ies

Mini Monsterz​​

The Max Card Pilot Poster

SENDIASS - November 2021

PBS Family Ca​rer Resource

PBS Flyer January 2022

Daisy Chain Family Support Brochure Decem​ber 2021

Clubs a​nd Social Opportunities 18+ December 2021

Family Support Service Online Training December 2021 - February 2022

Family Support Service Redcar Drop Ins Dece​mber 2021 - February 2022

Disa​bled Persons Railcard​​


Redcar & Cleveland House,
Kirkleatham Street, Redcar,
Yorkshire TS10 1RT

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