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What is a short break?

Section 25 of the Children and Young People’s Act requires local authorities to provide a range of short breaks for families with children (age 0 to 18 years). In Bracknell Forest, this is carried out by the Short Break Service. Short breaks form part of a range of services, which support disabled children and their families. 

Short breaks are provided to give:

  • children and young people with a disability enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation
  • parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities

These breaks can include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities. They can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting.

They can last just a few hours to a few days, and occasionally longer, depending on the type of provision and the needs of the child and their families.

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