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Short Breaks Services in Cheshire East
Short breaks can last from just a few hours to a few days - from daytime and evening activities to weekend and overnight or maybe longer. They provide disabled children and young people with:
- positive and safe things to do and places to go
- the opportunity to spend time with friends, to develop personally and socially, and reduce isolation
- the chance to undertake new activities and have new experiences
They can take place in a community setting, the child's own home, the home of an approved carer or in a residential setting. They also provide parents and families with a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.
Short Breaks Team
The CWD (Children with Disabilities) Short Breaks Team support children and young people with additional needs and disabilities aged 0 - 18 and their Parents/Carers to identify appropriate short breaks.
Provision in Cheshire East fits into three key levels of need:
Universal short break services are available to all children. They promote the inclusion of disabled children and young people in activities with their peers, for example: Youth Clubs, Out of School Clubs and Leisure Centres.
For up to date information on these activities in Cheshire East visit the Family Information Service.
Some disabled children, young people and their families will need additional support to access a short break. The list of commissioned short break projects (PDF, 204KB) in Cheshire East shows those funded by the local authority to provide this targeted support. Each service may operate its own eligibility criteria and, in order to understand what support is required, may undertake its own assessment.
These services are for children with more complex or critical needs. These needs will usually be assessed by Children's Social Care working closely with the family and other agencies. Further information is outlined on the Services for disabled children page.
Short breaks statement
Cheshire East Council has published its Short Breaks Statement (PDF, 710KB), which outlines the short breaks services available to families with disabled children and young people. The statement explains the type of services available, how these have been designed to meet the needs of families and how they will continue to be developed in response to feedback from parents and carers, children and young people.
We will regularly consult with disabled children, young people and their families on the short break services provided in Cheshire East.
We will continue to develop and review this statement in the coming months.
To feedback your comments, please email Short Breaks Team.