What is a Short break?
Short Breaks are how local authorities perform their duty in the Children's Act 1989 to..."provide, as part of the range of services they provide for families, breaks from caring for carers of disabled children to support them to continue to care for their children at home and to allow them to do so more effectively"
A Short Break allows a disabled young person to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities.
In Hackney the Short Break's offer for 2017/18 will be:
- 104 hours full allocation for those who do not get a social care package
- 54 hours for those who get 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 you are already in receipt of a social care package, please enquire with the Short Break's 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.
For more information do go to the website: www.shortbreakshackney.com
Record Last Updated on: 06/10/2017
Time / Date Details
Time of day
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Families can book an appointment if they wish to see a member of the Short Breaks team.
To be eligible for the full offer your child must be:
- Aged 5-17 years old
- Living in Hackney on a permanent basis
- In receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Middle or High rate or Personal Independence Payment (PiP) at Intermediate or Advance rate
Parents /carers can refer their disabled child directly.
Professionals and social workers may also make a referral on behalf of the family.
You must complete the application form and submit it to the Short Break's team along with your original DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment) form.
What to do if you have a complaint
If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service.
Tel: 0208 356 6796
If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure; click here for more information.
SEND Personal Budget - Notes
Families are welcome to ‘top up’ their current provision with other funding benefits, this would be an arrangement between the parent/carer and Provider directly.
How to Get Here
Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6
Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs
Transport to Service? For some children & young people depending on their mobility needs.
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