Short Break Duty

Section 25 of the Children and Young Person Act requires local authorities to provide short breaks for families with disabled children. Regulations relating to this duty require each local authority to provide a short breaks services statement so that families know Councils must also write a statement about this and explain:

  • What is available.
  • Who is eligible for the service.
  • How services are accessed.

This duty is set out in The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 which came into force on 1st April 2011.

What are short breaks?

A short break is any service that allows a disabled child to have an enjoyable break away from their parent and also gives their parent a break from their caring responsibilities.

They are offered for different reasons:

  • You feel that you are struggling to care for your child and really need a break.
  • You feel that sometimes a short break helps you to recharge your batteries. This may be especially true if your child does not sleep through the night and needs your attention.
  • You find it hard to get out socially or attend adult education because your child needs a lot of support.
  • You feel that other members of your family are ‘left out’ because of your caring duties.

Short Breaks also enable disabled children to have social opportunities and join in with fun and interesting activities without their parent.

A short break is not the same as childcare which is for parents to work or attend work related training.

You can find this information in Darlington's Short Breaks Statement (pdf document).

Who to contact

Life Stages Team
01325 406125
Support for Disabled Children and Young Adults

Where we are

Name of venue
Central House
Venue address
Gladstone Street

Other details

Related links
Life Stages Service
Harewood Hill Lodge


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