What are 'short breaks'?
Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their primary carers. They include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities, which can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, or a residential or community setting. Short breaks can also be provided through a temporary carer relieving the primary carer of their caring responsibilities without them being separated from the disabled child or young person.
Information regarding the availability of short breaks can be found on the 'All In' activity programme. The most recent edition can be found by clicking on the Short Breaks 'All In' activity programmes link to the left of this page.
Short breaks progress and future planning
Since 2008, Shropshire Council has transformed the short break programme to provide greater capacity for, and variety of, short breaks available to Shropshire families.
From April 2011, Shropshire Council is required to work in accordance with 'The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010'. Please follow the link at the bottom of this page for further information regarding the regulations.
The regulations required local authorities to prepare a statement for carers by 1 October 2011. Please follow the link on this page to view the statement.
A draft copy of the Short Breaks Strategy for 2011-2013 is also available to view by following the link at the bottom of this page.
For further information regarding short breaks, please contact the service development officer in the Disabled Children's Team on 01743 250225.
Short Breaks for disabled children in Shropshire
Invitation for parents to contribute to future development...
1 May 2013, 9:30 for 10am start until 14:30
In partnership with Shropshire’s Parent and Carer Council, Shropshire Council’s Short Breaks Team is co-hosting a meeting to talk about Shropshire Short Breaks - where do we go from here?
We would like to invite as many parents as possible to this meeting. Details are attached to this page.
Contact: email@example.com or ring on 0845 601 2205
There is now also a new 'All In' Short Breaks Blog page - please click on the link below to take a look!
Other useful contacts:
- Family Information Service on 01743 254400 or by following the link on this page
- Shropshire Parent and Carer Council on 0845 601 2205 or firstname.lastname@example.org (website link below)
- Parent Partnership on 01952 457176 or email@example.com (website link below)