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Short break services for children with complex needs

For a small number of children and young people - usually those aged over 10 years - an overnight break can be an important part of a support package.

It enables a disabled child or young person to enjoy positive activities away from home and helps prepare them for adult life. This might include a stay with a foster family or link carer. It might be a regular or one-off activity break in their local community or one of our short break centres.

It also enables families and carers a real break from caring responsibilities, particularly where a disabled child has a very disturbed sleep pattern.

Weekend activity breaks and overnight stays are provided through one of our short break centres, the Light House in Derby and local voluntary organisations. You can find details by searching the Local Offer.

Families can choose whether we provide a service or receive a direct payment to arrange services themselves. We will discuss these options as part of the plan agreed following an assessment.

Does my child qualify?

Children and young people will mainly be those who have:

  • a significant, permanent and enduring physical disability which leads to dependence on aids and adaptations
  • severe/significant global learning disability
  • severe and enduring communication disorder
  • autism with a severe/significant global development delay
  • significant sensory impairment.

For more information speak to someone who is already involved with your child like a therapist, special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), nurse or social care worker. If you don't receive a service at the moment you can contact Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.