The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) understands that being a carer can be physically and emotionally challenging, and it's important you have the opportunity to take a break from your caring role.
Short breaks give children and young people the chance to develop new friendships, take part in new experiences, learn new skills and have fun whilst achieving positive outcomes. The purpose of shorts breaks is to give children and young people with disabilities the same opportunity as others to take part in various activities.
There are lots of ways you can take what we call a 'short break' from caring. This could be for a few hours, a day, overnight, a weekend. The person you care for will be looked after in a supportive, safe environment and perhaps enjoy new activities while you take some time for yourself.
There are different kinds of short breaks available, depending on the sort of needs the person you're caring for has.
Wherever possible, we try to enable disabled children and young people to access mainstream services, such as; targeted play (through Early Help), after school clubs, local play schemes, youth services (such as Mencap, Action On Disability) and leisure facilities. We will work with families to promote inclusion wherever possible.
Provision of this type of support is aimed at supporting families and contributes to the health, wellbeing, growth, development, enjoyment and achievement of children and young people.
We seek to provide choice and make our services easy to access through a variety of assessment types. We work closely with other agencies to provide a co-ordinated service.
Who are the services for?
All services are available to residents of LBHF and are for Children and Young People up to the age of 18 years with a disability who are substantially and adversely affected in their ability to carry out normal day to day activities by a physical or mental impairment.
This may include one or more of the following:
- Global developmental delay
- Physical impairment
- A profound sensory impairment
- A significantly disabling chronic ill health condition
- Severe communication or language disorder
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder with communication disorder and developmental delay
- Learning disability
- A serious life limiting or terminal illness
- Emotional and Behavioural problems
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Mental Health Problems
Access to Short Breaks is usually provided through the Disabled Children's team, however we are looking to incresase access to a range of Short Breaks via self-referral. Please contact the Disabled Children's team for more information.
Please note, this is currently under review as part of the Disabled Children's Service Review.