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Short Breaks

Short breaks can give enjoyable experiences for disabled children and young people with or without their primary carers, or a break for parents and families from their caring responsibilities.

Not all families need the same level of support to use these. The levels of short breaks are described below.


Universal short breaks

These short breaks are for all children and young people with and without additional needs allowing them to take part in fun activities together. This could include going to a youth club, after school club or going to Brownies or Scouts.

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Commissioned short breaks

The Council supports a number of providers to deliver a range of services to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Specialised short breaks

This level of short breaks is for children and young people with complex and specialist needs. To access this you need to be assessed by children's social care because it involves a child or young person for example, spending time at a respite unit for a day or overnight break.

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The Short Breaks Statement

Rotherham’s Short Breaks Statement has been created to give Rotherham families with disabled children clear information about the short breaks services available to them. The statement is reviewed every year.

See the Rotherham Short Breaks Statement


Short Breaks Needs Assessment

The short breaks needs assessment has been produced to help develop Rotherham's Short Break Services.

This assessment is currently a working document and we will be working on the key findings over the next 6-9 months to inform our commissioning plans for 2020 onwards. The needs assessment will be updated to reflect this. If anyone would like to comment or contribute their views on the document please contact andrew.lound@rotherham.gov.uk

View the short breaks needs assessment


The Children’s Disability Register and Information Exchange Newsletter

All local authorities are required to hold a register of disabled children and young people. Joining the register helps inform the Council of the needs of children and young people in Rotherham.

Signing up also entitles you to receive the children and young person’s Information Exchange newsletter for free. This is sent out three times a year before the holidays to inform families about services, events and activities.

Further information about the register and newsletter can be found here.