Short breaks for children and young people with disabilities

It is important that all children and young people have the opportunity to experience a range of different activities. For children and young people with disabilities, we know that it is important to be able to access activities alongside siblings and friends, in a safe environment which at the same time allows young people to stretch boundaries. This benefits parents and carers too, by giving them valuable time away from caring which is important to everybody’s quality of life.

Short breaks aim to provide these opportunities. Depending on the needs of the child, young person and carer, provision can range from an hour a few times a week with a support worker to help access universal services in the community, ranging to a number of overnight breaks each year for those children and young people with complex needs.

Short breaks can be provided by the local authority or other partners including health, as well as the private and voluntary sectors. Alternatively, the family can choose their own provider using a system of Direct Payments, which is part of our commitment to provide personalised services to our families.

Purpose of this statement

We know parents often find it difficult finding information they need, and so this statement sets out to help parents and carers understand:

Range of short breaks services

We have a range of services available to support parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities or assessed needs.

These generally fall under two categories; those that are universally available to all and those that are targeted to meet the disabled children's identified needs.

The Local Offer

The Local Offer website provides a range of SEND services available in the local area and also provides information to support children and young people with SEND and their families. It includes details of services, information, advice and guidance on:

  • education
  • health
  • social care
  • preparing for adulthood
  • support and medication
  • things to do

The Local Offer is regularly reviewed with children, young people, parents and carers. You can also have your say on how the Local Offer can be improved, please email

Disability Links

Disability Links is a voluntary service that provides information about local groups and activities to support the needs of those with SEND, aged between 0 to 25 years and their families/carers.

For further information or to be kept updated on services, you can request to be placed on the Disability Link register

Disability Links registration

Before registering your interest, you will need a MyBwD account. Watch a tutorial on how to create an account if you do not have one.

You can request to be removed from the Disability Links register.