A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that your disabled child or young person can either attend with you or independently.
A short break can last between a few hours and several days. It can take place in your own home, in a supported setting, or within the community. It provides families with a break from their caring role and time to spend with other family members or to have time to themselves.
View the Short Breaks Service Statement for further information. Please note that this statement is currently being updated.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council wants to give parents and carers choice and control over the short breaks they choose for their child.
From 1 April 2016, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1,200 to allow their child to take part in short break activities. A grant of up to £300 will be available for children who already receive services as a result of an assessment of need, such as Direct Payments or overnight stays at Hartburn Lodge.
In addition to the grant, we are offering a Max Card to parents and carers whose applications are agreed. The Max Card is a discount initiative for children and young people with a disability and allows free or discounted access to hundreds of attractions across the United Kingdom. Parents and carers will be able to indicate on the application form whether or not they would like to be sent a Max Card.
If you would like to apply for the short breaks grant you can find the application form on Stockton's Local Offer. Alternatively, you can request a form from the Short Breaks Support Officer, who can be contacted on 01642 526745. Please ensure you read the accompanying ‘Parents’ Guide’ before completing the application.
Please note that in order for us to process any grant renewals, you must have provided receipts for the activities your child has accessed via the previous grant awarded. Any unspent monies should be returned to the Short Break Support Officer.
Please read the following to find out more and apply for short break services available for parents with a disabled child or give us feeedback on our survey.
The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care: