Short break services for disabled children

Disabled children and young people want to enjoy doing a range of activities with their friends and families.
All local authorities have a duty to provide short break services, for more information speak to someone who is already involved with your child like a therapist, special educational needs co-ordinator, nurse or social care worker.

We will discuss with you the type of short break that will best meet your child's needs and agree how it will be provided - this is called an assessment.

If you do not receive a service at the moment you can contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

Aiming High short breaks

These can be either:

  • flexible one-to-one support for the child or young person or 
  • a one-off short break grant
Flexible one-to-one support 

We can fund a carer who can help a child or young person to take part in an enjoyable activity out in the local community. Some children and young people might choose to go swimming or to a youth club, others to enjoy an activity at home.

Short break grant

Some families may choose to receive a one-off short break grant to pay for a fun, enjoyable break for the child and family, for example a family holiday.

Does my child qualify?

If a disabled child needs higher levels of support, and does not already enjoy any short breaks or activities, they are probably entitled to help from Aiming High. Usually eligible children will have:

  • An autistic spectrum condition, most likely with other impairments such as a severe learning disability or challenging behaviour 
  • Complex health needs
  • Moving and handling needs that require equipment and adaptations 
  • Challenging behaviour which is linked to other impairments, for example a severe learning disability.

What if I need more support?

There are different levels of support as families needs change. We can provide short break services to children and young people who have complex needs, including overnight stays, following a comprehensive assessment.

Related documents

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