Short Breaks

Short Breaks can provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, contributing to their social inclusion and personal and social development. They also provide the parents and carers of disabled children and young people with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Being a carer can be physically and emotionally challenging, and it’s important you have the opportunity to take a break from your caring role.

There are lots of ways you can take what we call a ‘short break’ from caring. This could be for a few hours, overnight, a weekend or longer. The person you care for will be looked after in a supportive, safe environment and perhaps enjoy new activities while you take some time for yourself.

There are different kinds of short breaks available, depending on the needs of the young person and their family.

What are Short Breaks?

Short Breaks can provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, contributing to their social inclusion and personal and social development. They also provide the parents and carers of disabled children and young people with a necessary and valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Short Breaks can include day, evening, overnight, weekend or holiday activities. They can take place in the child or young person’s own home, in the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting. Short breaks range from supporting disabled children to access a break within a universal setting, to providing specialist services at a local level.

Bromley Mencap’s Short Breaks Service

The Individual Support for Short Breaks Service has developed in partnership with parents and carers of disabled children, children and young people with disabilities. It began as a specialist childminding service for young children with mild to moderate disabilities, and has now expanded to include:

  • Childminding for children with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Childminding for children with severe to complex disabilities (including children that need one to one support)
  • Sitting service in the family home for children
  • Expanded sitting service for families with more than one child (but only one has a disability)
  • Buddying support by non-disabled young people to support young people (16+) with disabilities to access their local communities
  • Community support from workers to support children (8+) with disabilities to access their local communities and/or support to parents/carers in the family home to carry out day to day activities
  • Overnight stays in the childminder’s home
  • Overnight stays in the family home
  • Support to families with more than one disabled child
  • Short targeted breaks to enable a parent/carer to carry out a necessary task
  • Linking families and/or children and young people using services to combine the support provided

For more information about Bromley Mencap’s Short Breaks Service click here

How is it funded?

All these services can be accessed through social care, if you and your child qualify for Short breaks, or by self-funding.

Who should I contact?

For more information: 
Tel: 020 8466 0790 or
email: shortbreaks@bromleymencap.org