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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 2021/22 will be: 110 hours to use flexibly or 55 hours to use flexibly (if in receipt of a social care package) at one of our Providers. If you access your short breaks via Individual Budget (IB) Pre paid card, you will receive a lump sum of money in 2 payments to buy activities of your choice

*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 2022/2023

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 to pay for a carer or age appropriate service.

If more support is required for your disabled Child, you can request a Social Care Assessment via Hackney MASH: E-mail:  or telephone 020 8356 5500

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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 Pre paid card.

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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

You can now submit your Short Breaks application online, but if you experience any problems using the form please contact us at or 020 8356 6796.

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.