Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Short Breaks Services

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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.


Short Break Services

The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care.

Hartburn Lodge Short Breaks Centre

Hartburn Lodge provides planned short breaks for young people with complex and additional needs. Young People are accepted from the ages of 4 to 17 years. Planned short breaks at Hartburn Lodge would then cease when a young person becomes 18.  

 At Hartburn Lodge we are able to provide three types of short break;

  • An overnight short break
  • An after school short break
  • A weekend day care short break

 To access this service you will need a referral from a social worker, who will have completed an assessment of need and presented your case to a resource panel who will agree how we can best help to meet the needs of your child.

Once we receive the referral a member of staff will undertake a home visit, where we will obtain additional information that will help us to understand what level of care your child will need whilst in our care.

Please contact the Centre Manager for additional information.

Manager: David Vickerstaff

Address: Hartburn Lodge, Harlsey Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 5DL.

Telephone: 01642 527994


Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

We are not currently accepting any further applications for this period as the grant has reached its limit, however applications received before the 19 May will be processed. We are currently consulting with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum to agree the next short breaks offer which will be available soon.

The current Government guidance is to stay safe at home.  We recognise that families caring full time for a child or young person with a disability and or Special Educational Needs (SEND) will struggle to get any kind of break from caring and will be looking for opportunities to entertain and occupy children and young people at home as a family.

In these unprecedented times we want to continue to offer support through the Short Breaks Grant for eligible families and we have worked with Stockton Parent Carer Forum to produce a creative offer.   We hope this grant offer will give parents a break in the home and will also be appreciated by young people.

We are aware that the launch has been delayed and please be assured that we do appreciate your patience.

The grant is a limited fund and we anticipate it will be as popular as ever, so we urge you to apply swiftly.  Applications will be accepted from 14 April 2020 for a period of no more than 3 months depending on the funds available. 

Applications will only be accepted from parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17 who meet the criteria as set out on the application form so please take the time to read it carefully.

The Short Breaks Grant has been co-produced with Stockton Parent Carer Forum. If you have any feedback regarding the offer you can contact them via email at [email protected] 

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 must be returned.

The Short Breaks Grant is a limited fund and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council reserve the right to close the scheme if the available budget is exhausted.