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Short Break Application Scheme

Short Break Service for children with disabilities and their families.

Prior to the Short Break Application Scheme being introduced, having a short beak service has meant having an assessment by someone from the Disability Team - a Social Worker or Family Support Worker. Some families do not want someone assessing their needs, stopping them having a short break service. To help these families the Children with Disabilities Team introduced the Short Break Application (Direct Application) Scheme.

Using this scheme, families do not have to have a social worker or have their needs assessed, they simply complete a short application form, and provide a letter from a professional who knows the child.

How will this work?

Families will be able to request a small budget to organise or purchase a short break service if they feel that:

  • their child or young person needs support to go out and do the things other children their age do
  • they need someone to help them in the home because their child needs additional help
  • they need assistance to go out as a family because their child's additional needs make it impossible for them to go out without support.

With help from a member of the Short Breaks Service, parents/carers can complete the application form and obtain a letter of support from a doctor/pediatrician/community nurse, teacher or other professional who knows the child well.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ben Lee
Contact Position
Senior Short Break Facilitator
Telephone
01642 579160
E-mail
shortbreaks@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Parent Organisation
Children with Disabilities Team

Where to go

Address
2nd Floor Hemlington Health Centre
21-25 Viewly Hill Centre
Hemlington
Middlesbrough
Postcode
TS8 9JH
Notes

Middlesbrough

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
0 - 18 years
Referral Details

Via application form and letter of support from a professional who knows the child well

Local Offer

Needs Level
Low
SEN Provision Type
Specialist
Page last reviewed: 26/04/2019
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