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Short breaks for respite

Disabled children and young people have the right to be supported at home and in their local communities, to have opportunities to make and meet friends, feel confident, and to thrive with a good family life.

Short breaks help to do this by giving an opportunity for children and young people to meet new people, take part in activities, enjoy positive learning opportunities and have different experiences whilst giving their families a break from their caring responsibilities.

The government requires every local authority to produce a ‘short breaks statement’ so that disabled children, young people and their families know what services are available and how they can access them.

You can find everything you need to know about short breaks, including what they are, who they are for and how to access them, in our short breaks statement.