Short Breaks


From April 2011 all authorities have a statutory duty to provide short breaks for parents/carers of children with disabilities. Here is the Gateshead Statement of Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities. 

Parents In Power through the Disabled Children's Forum consulted with parents to update Gateshead's Short Breaks Statement, see the enclosed link 

What is a Short Break ?

Short breaks give disabled children and young people the chance to spend time with friends, experience exciting and fun activities, and develop new skills and independence. They also give parents and carers a break from their caring role and time to recharge their batteries. This used to be called “respite”.Short breaks come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a break for a child away from their family or can involve supporting families to take a short break together, away from routine of daily life. Short breaks could last a few hours, a day, evening, overnight or longer. They could take place in or away from the family home.

The type of short break you receive will depend on your child’s assessed needs and referral processes and eligibility criteria apply. The Social Care section in Gateshead's Family Information Directory also holds up to date detailed information about the short breaks on offer in Gateshead, including eligibility criteria.All initial enquires and referrals should be made to the Referral and Assessment Team on 0191 433 2653.



Short Breaks Statement.pdf