Supporting Short Break Provision

The Short Break Partnership was formed in April 2015 to deliver a one-year programme of information, advice and support funded by the Department for Education.

Led by Contact a Family the consortium included the Council for Disabled Children, Action for Children and Kids.

The programme aimed to:

  • Identify and share best practice in the commissioning and delivery of short breaks
  • Develop useful guidance and information for commissioners, providers, parent carers and, children and young people
  • Support and encourage greater participation of parent carers and children and young people in the development and delivery of short breaks.

The need for Short Breaks

Short breaks are a fundamental part of any support package a child or young person receives as not only do they give carers a break from caring, they allow young people to meet friends, take part in activities, develop independence and have fun. Aiming High for Disabled Children showed the positive effects of short breaks on children, young people and their families.

The impact of short breaks on the life of young people and their families cannot be underestimated and with the choice and flexibility offered by personal budgets, young people can access activities that meet their needs, contribute to the outcomes they want to achieve and are based around their interests and wishes.