Sometimes families who have children or young people with disabilities/or health conditions benefit from a break from their caring responsibilities. The Short Breaks Service offers an opportunity to recharge batteries, spend time with others or pursue a particular interest. Short Breaks also allow your child to have a change of scene, try different experiences, have fun and make friends.
The Coventry Short Breaks Service is run by the Children's Disability Team (CDT).
Children and young people can access short breaks if they:
Coventry delivers three types of Short Break:
We also operate a Direct Payment Scheme for Short Breaks.
The Short Breaks Provision Matrix sets out our offer to provide quality services fairly and equitably, ensuring that resources are made available to children and families with the greatest need for a service. It illustrates how as needs increase so will the levels of assessment, service provision, and safeguarding which are appropriate to the varying needs; in order to provide a proportionate response to ensure children are safeguarded effectively without unnecessary intrusion into family life.
Along the vertical axis is impact of disability and along the horizontal axis is level of service, assessment and safeguarding in provision. Children whose disability present a low impact on the family are able to access targeted support in the community, while those whose disability present a higher impact on the family are able to access more specialist services, subject to a proportionate system of assessment, planning and reviewing.
You can also get early support from your local Family Hub.