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

NOTICE: Applications are currently closed whilst the budget is assessed.

Families caring full time for a child or young person with a disability and or Special Educational Needs (SEND) can sometimes struggle to get any kind of break from the caring. The Council provides a Short Breaks Grant to eligible families that has been co-produced with Stockton Parent Carer Forum.

The production of the Short Breaks Grant is reviewed every 6 months with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum in order the Council has a responsive and creative offer. Following the review for this period we have made some changes and have committed an extra 50k into this year’s budget.

For the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17 will be able to apply for a grant of up to £600. A grant of up to £75 will be available for those children and young people already in receipt of other services provided from the Council following their needs been identified through a Social Work assessment.

The grant is a limited fund, once the budget for the grant has been reached applications will be closed and will not be progressed.

The grant continues to be very popular and has benefited many young people and their families. In the last 6 month period, the grant benefited 265 families in Stockton on Tees.
Please read the full grant criteria and conditions and ensure that you have provided receipts or unspent money from a grant awarded last time. It is the parent’s or carers responsibility to ensure that all receipts have been provided.

The Short Breaks Grant is a limited fund and applications will close for this period on the 1st March 2022 at 5pm. Please note that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council reserves the right to close the scheme before this date, if the available budget is exhausted. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council may extend the closing date if funds are still available.

The grant is extremely popular so we would urge you to apply promptly, you must ensure that funding has been secured in advance of activities that are solely reliant on the grant and before making any purchases.

There has been some wonderful feedback so far and your comments and views are very welcome and will assist Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council producing the grant next year.

Read our You Said, We Did document for some of the feedback so far.

The grant offer has been co-produced with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum and if you have any feedback you can contact them via telephone 07985 245668 or [email protected].


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