Short breaks for disabled children in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Short breaks are opportunities for children with disabilities to take part in activities which are fun whilst their parents have a break from caring. Short breaks can be at any time - term time, weekends, evenings, holidays. They can be individual or in groups.

Our programme is about continual improvement in choice, range and suitability of breaks for all children with disabilities.

We are currently focusing on improving options for children on the autistic spectrum, who pose challenges to services, for children with complex needs and physical disabilities. These are areas we are prioritising, along with the development of better quality breaks for children which enhance their life experience and are age-appropriate.

The programme of change for short breaks is being led by parents, carers and young people. A project manager is working with these families, voluntary organisations and professionals to pull together their feedback about the services they want and need, and to shape them into a single proposal.

Update for parents and carers, March 2012(pdf, 594KB)

Short Breaks Statement

The borough's Short Breaks Statement for children with a disability and/or additional needs 2014-2015(pdf, 184KB) sets out the Short Breaks available locally for children and young people with disabilities and their families and carers.

This statement is in the process of being reviewed. If you would like to comment on the statement, please contact Caroline Jager Short Breaks and Aiming High Manager.

Phone: 0208 547 6069

Updated: 6 October 2015