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1. About short break services

We are committed to supporting the best outcomes for vulnerable adults their carers and families. This includes: older people; people with a physical, sensory or learning disability; and mental health problems.

One way we do this is by providing high quality short break services.

Through this we will also support carers with their caring responsibilities.

What the law says

The need for short breaks is covered under the wellbeing and prevention principles of the Care Act 2014.  This says that the local authority has a general duty to promote wellbeing. Examples of wellbeing are:

  • physical and mental health and emotional well-being
  • having control over day-to-day life
  • participation in work, education, training or recreation;
  • domestic, family and personal relationships
  • the individual’s contribution to society

All service users and carers are entitled to an assessment under the Care Act, which will determine whether a person is eligible for support.

Care Act 2014 Promoting individual well-being


What are short breaks?

Short breaks are time away from your carer or caring responsibilities. They are a vital part of making sure people can stay living in their own homes. We know that people with very complex needs may always need some type of specialist care. However, short breaks can be so much more than traditional residential or respite care.

Short breaks include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities. They do not have to be in a residential setting. They can take place in your own home, the home of an approved carer and in your local community.

Short Breaks give vulnerable adults an opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Develop their independence
  • Relax, have fun and reduce loneliness

Short Breaks also their help parents, carers and families to:

  • Take a break from their caring responsibilities
  • Rest, unwind and spend time with other family members
  • Provide the right support at the right time
  • Build their family resilience


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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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