Short breaks (5 – 16 years old)

Sometimes parents and carers who have children or young people with SEND feel that they could benefit from a break from their caring responsibilities.

Here you can find information about if you or your child or young person is eligible for:

Community Short Breaks: Activities that last for a couple of hours during term time and holiday periods.

Targeted Short Breaks: for children or young people with more complex disabilities/additional needs who may require 1-1 additional support to engage in community short breaks.

Specialist Services: one-to-one support in the community and support for community based activities over 5 hours per week.

There is also information about local and international organisations that provide for short breaks and respite.

Find out about:

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A short break gives children and young people who have a disability the opportunity to join in with an enjoyable activity  away from their parents/ carers.  Short breaks allow children and young people to take part in activities, make friends, develop independence skills and have fun. Short breaks also provide parents / carers a break from caring responsibilities.

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View full details of Short Breaks - CHICKS



CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to children aged 8-15 from all over the UK who would really benefit from a break from their home lives.

They believe every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax.

More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.

For more information, please see the CHICKS Website 


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View full details of Short Breaks - Take A Break Warwickshire



Take a Break Warwickshire provides community based short breaks for children and young adults who have a disability or life threatening illness, and adults with a learning disability. This support enables people to live their lives to their full potential, gain skills and move towards independence with confidence.

Take a Break provides a wide variety of group activities across Warwickshire and Coventry. Their groups provide safe places for children and young people to socialise away from school, build on their confidence and independence and most importantly have fun!

Activities include Saturday clubs, holiday play schemes, a youth group in Rugby and an after school club in Nuneaton.

Further information or to book a place.

A service coordinator will talk with you about what you are looking for, and will then arrange a home visit to discuss your child or young person's needs in more detail. They will talk about the support they can provide and the cost in more detail.


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