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Short Breaks

Does your disabled child / young person need help to access social opportunities and leisure activities in a safe and appropriate way?

If yes, you may be eligible for Short Breaks.

Apply for 100 hours Short Breaks using the online Short Breaks Application form.

Once submitted you can expect to receive a response within 12 weeks.

What is a Short Break?

Short Breaks are provided for families with children with a permanent and substantial impairment or illness, which has a profound effect on their health, development and social functioning. They are provided for families that are unable to access universal activities, services and provision without additional support.

Short Breaks can be for a few hours or longer, in some circumstances overnight and can be provided in lots of different ways. A Short Break could include additional support so that a child or young person can join a club or recreational activity in their community, someone caring for a child in their own home or within the child’s home or it could be extra support for the disabled child to join in family leisure and social activities.

Short Breaks have two main aims:

  • To give parents or full time carers of disabled children and young people a break from their caring responsibilities.
  • To enable disabled children to have an active social life and join in with safe, fun and interesting activities.

The Short Break process

  • View Short Break information on the Yor-OK website
  • Complete the online application form
  • The Short Break Team will check your completed application and existing assessment information
  • The Short Break team will contact the  parent/ carer
  • A decision will be made about Short Breaks including advice and signposting
  • Parents / carers are supported to make a decision about how to use Short Breaks

Interviews with parents

We have asked a group of parents who use Short Breaks what it is and how they use. Below is a short film showing interviews with parents talking about their experiences of using Short Breaks - what it is, how they have used it and the impact it has had on their child and family. 


Further Questions?

If you have any queries regarding Short Breaks or would like help completing the Short Breaks application form please contact the Short Breaks Team on or telephone 01904 552420.

You may also find the  Short Breaks Frequently Asked Questions helpful.