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Short breaks for Disabled Children

Sometimes families who have disabled children and/or health conditions benefit from a break from their caring responsibilities. Local Authorities now have duties to provide short break services and make clear how families can access these. Taking a break from caring for your child is not an admission of failure or a way of saying you don't care. A break is an opportunity to recharge batteries, spend time with others or pursue a particular interest. Short breaks may also allow your child to have a change of scene, try different experiences, have fun and make friends. Short breaks can include: - Care at home - includes sitting or care attendant schemes, which provide someone to sit with or 'mind' your child. - Day care away from home - includes nurseries, playgroups, out of school and weekend clubs and, during school holidays, access to playschemes. - Overnight short breaks - includes an oversight sitting or nursing service if your child needs it. - Residential breaks - includes residential homes, special units in hospitals and hospices. - Family link schemes - where your child stays with another family on a regular basis or occasionally. Please find the link for Hartlepool current Short Break statement above.