Short breaks

About short breaks

Short breaks offer activities for disabled children and young people to make sure they have the same opportunities as other children to have fun, spend time away from home with their friends, and develop skills and independence. Short breaks also give you a chance to take a break from your caring duties. Different types of short breaks include:

  • overnight breaks
  • after-school clubs
  • weekend activities
  • school-holiday activities
  • family fun days

Improving short breaks in newham

We are currently reviewing the offer of short breaks in Newham. In order to do this we are working with local families to help us better understand how we could use existing funding more creatively to improve the types of breaks that are available. In June and July 2019 we asked families, with the help of the Newham Parent Forum, what more we could do to support community facilities to be more inclusive. We will publish the results of this survey in October 2019 alongside the actions we will be taking as a result of the feedback we have received.

As part of this process we are also updating our short break statement and aim to have a revised version available by December 2019. This will provide detailed information about what breaks are available in Newham, how families can access them and how we intend to continue working with families to continuously improve the breaks that are available. In the meantime we have produced a document that explains more about short breaks and how they can be accessed. The document can be found here.

Over the course of the next few months we will be asking you for your views on how the offer of short breaks in Newham can be improved in the long term. More information about how you can get involved will be published here in the Autumn term and we hope to work with as many families as possible to ensure we get the broadest range of views.

Community services for all

The types of service available to all young children include:

  • after-school clubs
  • summer clubs
  • family activity days
  • some group-based activities
  • Active Newham services for disabled children and young people.

We do not need to assess your child for these services but there may be a cost for them. Please follow this link for information about upcoming events

Services for young children with critical or substantial needs

If your child has critical or substantial needs,  the extra help she or he might get could include:

  • overnight short-break services
  • individual care packages
  • specialist short-break services.

If you like to discuss you short breaks option or need some support, you can contact your Social Worker, the Disabled Child and Young People’s  Team, or the MASH. All of whom are based at London Borough Newham. Contact details can be found on

Safeguarding children

Anyone who is employed by an organisation which is running a short break or activity must have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, so you can be rest assured that your child is in safe hands.

The provider must also report any safeguarding concerns to us and are required to follow all current legislation in relation to the safeguarding of children. More information about safeguarding can be found here

Personal budgets for short breaks

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan, you may decide to ask for a personal budget. You can use your personal budget to buy short break support and services. For more information on personal budgets, please click here