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What is a short break?

A short break is a fun or educational experience for children and young people with disabilities. They can enjoy time away from their parent or carer to do something different. It can help with social inclusion and personal and social development. It is also a break for parents or carers of children with disabilities.

A short break could be in the daytime, evening, overnight, weekend or school holidays. It can take place in your home, an approved carer's home, or in your community.

Who are short breaks for?

Children and young people with disabilities aged 0 - 25, and their families.

What is this short breaks statement for?

This statement tells you what short breaks services are available. It also tells you about the range of services, and which families can use them.

Councils (local authorities) must provide short breaks, as it says in The Children Act 1989. Short breaks are part of each area's SEND local offer. Since October 2011, councils must also share a short breaks statement every year.

Who checks the statement is updated?

Warwickshire's SEND programme board looks at the statement every year to make sure it is up to date.