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Plymouth Local Offer

Short breaks for your disabled child

A short break gives children or young people with a disability opportunities to have fun doing things they enjoy, spending quality time with other young people in new environments.

It also means that parents and carers can have a regular planned break from the responsibilities of caring for their children.

A short break can be two hours, overnight or longer depending on the circumstances and needs of the disabled child and their family. It can be time spent away from the home, in the community, or in the home with or without the main carer. There should be choice and flexibility for families and the disabled child should enjoy their time spent in a break.

A short break service cannot be provided to allow the main carer to go to work

The priority groups for short breaks are:

  • children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder coupled with challenging behaviour
  • children with complex health needs
  • disabled young people aged 14 to 19.

How to request short break support

Email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.

Further information

For more detailed information about Short Breaks please read the Plymouth Short Breaks Statement document.


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This page was last updated on 12 October 2018

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