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Short breaks for children with disabilities and their families

Who is eligible and do I have to pay?

Children and young people (along with their families) can access short breaks if they:

  • have a learning difficulty or learning disability
  • are under the age of 18
  • live in Bracknell Forest

The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities'.

For more information please see our short breaks services statement. This reflects feedback from the 2018 to 2019 short breaks consultation which gathered views of children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. It also includes the action plan designed to improve our service in response to the consultation.

PDF iconShort breaks services statement163.18 KB

You can find more information about events and groups on our activities page

Types of settings

Activities and support available are divided into 3 main areas:


Requires no formal assessment process or eligibility criteria. Fees are charged by the provider.


Requires no formal assessment processes or eligibility criteria. These schemes are commissioned by us for children and young people who are unable to access mainstream or universal settings due to their high level of need and support required. We subsidise these services but a fee is charged by the provider.


Specialist services are provided by the local authority and require assessment by Children’s Social Care. They may include Larchwood short break unit, short break foster carers, personal budgets (via direct payments), home care and agency support, community childminders.

Contact information

Short breaks team

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