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Short Breaks Services

A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that a child or young person with a disability can attend either 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
  • 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. The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care.

For further information about Short Breaks and eligibility criteria for children and young people in Stockton-on-Tees, read the  Short Breaks Statement of Purpose (PDF) [888KB] .

A copy of the latest Hartburn Lodge Statement of Purpose can be requested from Hartburn Lodge by emailing or calling 01642 527994.

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

The Short Breaks Grant has reopened and is now live.

Please complete the Short Breaks Application Form. 

For more information on the grant, read the  Short Breaks Grant Offer (PDF) [256KB] .

You can also sign up to the Stockton Parent Carer Forum (SPCF) who co-produce the grant with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Returning receipts

Parents or carers must ensure that all receipts or unspent money from any previous grants awarded are returned. Any new applications received where there are outstanding receipts or monies will not be processed. 

It is essential that funding is secured prior to any activities or purchases made that you intend to use the grant for.

For this period we ask that all receipts be submitted by 12 September 2024, if you have not provided yours then please send them in now. Failure to do so will affect future applications. Remember Unused money needs to be returned on our secure payments page. Select 'other payments', then 'Short Breaks', 'Short Breaks Repayment' from the drop down menus. Failure to do so will impact on future applications.

Further information

The grant offer has been co-produced with the Stockton Parent Carer Forum and you can contact them via telephone 07985 245668 or

Visit the website for further information about short breaks for carers of disabled children which can be found under The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011.