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Short Breaks

What are Short Breaks?

Short breaks

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. 

Short Breaks in Coventry

The Coventry Short Breaks Service is run by the Children's Disability Team (CDT). 

Children and young people can access short breaks if they:

  • Are between 5 and 17 years of age
  • Live in Coventry
  • Have a diagnosed disability 

Coventry delivers three types of Short Break:

  1. Community Short Breaks (also referred to as Universal)
  2. Targeted Short Breaks 
  3. Overnight Respite (Specialist) Short Breaks

We also operate a Direct Payment Scheme for Short Breaks. 

The Short Breaks Provision Matrix

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.

View the Short Breaks Provision Matrix.

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.

Family Hubs 

You can also get early support from your local Family Hub.

Short Breaks Admin Team (Floor 3 Broadgate House)


Tel: 024 7678 7980

PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

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