Disabled children and young people - short breaks

Larchwood is a short break unit providing respite care for children and young people who have a severe learning disability. The children and young people who use Larchwood are aged between 5 to18 although most young people access Larchwood from the age of 8 years or older.

About Larchwood

Larchwood is registered with Ofsted as a five bedded unit. The aim of the unit is to offer planned short breaks for children and young people, ensuring individual needs are met and working closely with their families and other professionals involved.

The unit is a child-focused environment providing opportunity for children to meet new people, make friends, develop new skills and experience a range of activities.

We offer:

  • overnight visits
  • after school care
  • 'Titans' teenage club
  • weekend day care


Larchwood is situated in a quiet residential area close to the town centre, local resources and facilities. The accommodation is all on the ground floor level and has appropriate access to all areas.

Facilities in the unit include fully adapted bathroom, fixed hoisting equipment and sensory room. There is a large garden which includes specialist play equipment and a smaller sensory garden with trampoline.

How can I access this service?

If you are caring for a child with a learning disability and you are experiencing difficulties please telephone the Duty Assessment Team based within Children's Social Care for advice on this service.

The Disabled Children’s Team provides support to children and young people with severe and profound disabilities and their families. They help provide support to minimise the effects of their disability and give them opportunities, advice and guidance to develop and reach their full potential.

Other services that are available

The other types of services we offer include:

  • on-going social work support
  • aids and adaptations to the home
  • support via direct payments for additional care needs
  • home care support
  • daytime short break care
  • community childminding
  • family placement short break care

Who is eligible?

The Children Social Care Duty and Assessment Team will undertake a single assessment. They will see if a child or young person is eligible for support based on the needs of the child, parenting capacity and social and environmental factors.

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