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Specialised Short Breaks

Specialised short breaks in Rotherham can be provided from the following services, following assessment from the Children’s Disability Social Work Team.


Liberty House

Liberty House offers residential overnight stays for children and young people aged 8 - 18 years. They are registered with Ofsted and can provide support for children and young people with both complex physical and learning disabilities.

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Families Together Service

The Families Together Service assess, approve and train specialist foster carers to provide short breaks to disabled children in their home.

Children are carefully matched to carers who have the experience to meet their needs by providing tea visits, overnight stays, weekend short breaks or longer periods during holidays.

Families Together carers work closely in partnership with the parents, principal carers, and the professional team around each child. Carers are supported and short breaks are regulated and reviewed by a supervisory social worker and participants of Children in Need meetings.

Once linked, some foster carers provide a regular short break throughout the duration of childhood, whilst others may be for shorter periods to support parents to continue looking after their children.


Direct payments

Individualised short breaks can also be provided through direct payments.

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