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Short Breaks Hackney

Take advantage of free Short Breaks in Hackney

Our Short Breaks allow a disabled young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and give their carer a break from their caring responsibilities.

The short breaks offer for 2017/18 will be: 104 hours (if not in receipt of a social care package). This can be used flexibly during term time and school holidays at one of our providers or via an Individual Budget if your child is aged over 5 years old and are not already in receipt of a social care package, please enquire with the short breaks team.

*The number of hours offered may go up or down depending upon levels of funding available, levels of demand and the capacity of the services.

Short Breaks Under 5’s Provision 2017/2018

Depending on the age of your child you may be eligible for free 15 hours nursery or childminding, which can be used for respite at a children’s centre if your child is aged between 0-2 years.

If your child is aged between 3-4 years you will be able to access a range of service provision such as a nursery, children centre or childminding. The expectation is that you follow the pathway to access provision.

In exceptional cases where your child is aged 3-4 years you may be able to access a one-off payment totalling £200 per annum which will be calculated on a pro—rata basis to pay for a carer or age appropriate service.

If you require any further explanation regarding the new under 5 pathway, please feel free to contact us

 

 

 

Introducing Short Breaks

What are Short Breaks?

Short Breaks are activities for children and young people with physical, health or learning disabilities. The offer provides free access to a range of school holiday, after-school and weekend services as well as the option of an Individual Budget.

Please see Hackney’s Short Breaks Statement and our newsletters for info Short Breaks newsletter 2010-11,  Short breaks newsletter 2012-13, Short Breaks newsletter 2013-14

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Eligibility Criteria

To be able to access the Short Breaks Offer a young person needs to meet our simple eligibility criteria:

  • Are 5-17 years old
  • Live in Hackney permanently
  • Receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at Middle or High Rate or Personal Independent Payment (PIP) at Intermediate or Advanced
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Application Form

Please complete our application form and return it to us at: short.breaks@hackney.gov.uk or Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ. Please provide an original copy of your child’s Disability Living Allowance at the Middle to High Rate or Personal Independence Payment at Intermediate or Advanced.

Hit Squad

Get Help from the Hit Squad

The Short Breaks hit squad is a team of health professionals who work with activity providers to help children access and enjoy their chosen short break. We work with mainstream activities and with activities particularly geared to those with special needs. We accept referrals from parents, professionals and activity providers.