What short breaks are available?
This depends on the individual interests of the child or young person and what additional support they need.
They can be for part of a day, a whole day, overnight, a weekend or during school holiday times and can take place in the home, in the community or in a residential setting.
They are designed and planned in consultation with parents and carers and children are supported to access services local to the family, help them form friendships, feel part of the community and build skills required for adulthood.
- Pinpoint Devon offers information about local activities and services that your child may like to be involved in
- SignPost Plus is a specialist information service for families with children with disabilities. It provides information on local and national organisations, short breaks providers, enabling services and lots of useful hints, tips and updates. To contact a local information co-ordinator call the helpline on 0845 155 1013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Short Breaks Service is not intended to be used as childcare for parents to enable them to attend work or access work related training.
Who are short breaks for?
They’re for children and young people between 0-18 years old living in Devon who are disabled and/or have complex health needs where this has a significant and enduring impact on their lives.
This includes children and young people with diagnosed learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, chronic or life limiting physical illness and/ or sensory impairments and physical impairments.
Not all children will be eligible for short break services and may instead be referred for an ‘Early Help’ assessment and support.
How to I access the short breaks service?
If you would like to access short breaks you will need to have an assessment.
Wherever possible parents should be able to take control of their short breaks through direct payments and personal budgets.
Overnight short breaks
Overnight short breaks offer short-term substitute care for children and young people with significant disabilities or a serious health condition. They are provided by someone other than parents or the usual carers of the child. They form part of a support package based on the particular needs of individual children and their families and could be provided by a foster carer, a residential unit or the provision of care in the family home.