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

Please Note: We are not currently accepting any further applications for this period as the grant has reached its limit.

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 during this unusual time and will be looking for opportunities to entertain and occupy children and young people at home as a family.

This year has most certainly been a challenge with the Coronavirus Pandemic and to support all our families we have tried to be creative and supportive with the Short Breaks Offer. As restrictions are being lifted and more activities become available so have the opportunities the grant can be used for. 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council have worked with Stockton Parent Carer Forum to produce a creative offer for those eligible families and we hope young people, children and families enjoy a much needed fun break either at home or in the community when it is safe to do so.

For the period 1 July 2020 to 30 Sep 2020, parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 3-17, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £250. 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 an assessment of need from a Social Worker. 

The grant offer has been co-produced with the Forum and if you have any feedback you can contact them [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. It is parent’s responsibility to ensure that all receipts have been provided.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council reserve the right to close the scheme before this date if the available budget is exhausted and we may also extend the closing date if funds are still available.


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