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Disabled children and young people

2. Short Breaks

Short breaks provide opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to spend time away from their primary carers and develop their independence, and provide opportunities for their parents and carers to have a break from caring responsibilities.

Short breaks can include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities that take place in the child or young person’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting.

Short breaks range from supporting children and young people with disabilities to access universal services, through to providing specialist services at a local and regional level, where appropriate.

Some short breaks in Buckinghamshire support families to participate in activities/trips together.

Buckinghamshire Short Breaks Services Statement

Each Local Authority is required to publish a Short Break Services Statement as part of the requirements of the Duty to Provide Short Breaks to Carers of Disabled Children.

This statement sets out the current position so that families know which services are available, the eligibility criteria for these services, and how the range of services is designed to meet the needs of families with disabled children in their area.

It is an evolving document subject to change and that some aspects such as charges for short breaks and eligibility for short breaks may be subject to review.

More information on the range and current eligibility to short breaks

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Last updated: 16 February 2018

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