Types of short breaks

Different types of short breaks for disabled children are on offer in Cambridgeshire.  So once Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) has agreed that your child is eligible for short breaks support, they must provide (as far as is reasonably practicable) a choice of short break services that help to meet the care needs of the family.

This could include: daycare at home or elsewhere; overnight care at home and elsewhere;  leisure activities for children outside their own homes; services in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays.

In Cambridgeshire, the following types of short breaks are available:

1. Group short breaks

These are mainstream (non-specialist) or specialist leisure opportunities such as sports groups, after-school clubs, and holiday schemes.

2. Individual short breaks

Individual short breaks could include daytime support, care at home, complex health and palliative care support, befriending schemes, and community childminders.

3. Overnight short breaks

For families who need a significant break from their caring responsibilities, overnight short breaks may be available. These breaks are usually for young people aged 10 and over, and can be provided either at home, with a short break foster carer or in a specialist residential setting.

Find out more about shortbreak activities and providers on the Cambridgeshire Local Offer 

4. Organising your own short breaks – Direct Payments

If you would like more control and flexibility over arranging a short break you can ask to have a Direct Payment. A Direct Payment is a sum of money paid to you by the county council on behalf of your disabled child.


Did you know that you can rent equipment to help make short breaks easier?

Some families need extra support getting out and about and making the most of their short breaks allocation. So, if you fancy going to the beach, going away for the weekend or having a bike ride together as a family –  you may be able to borrow the  equipment that will make a short break possible and enjoyable for everyone concerned.