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Short Breaks - Hackney

Hackney Learning Trust,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 8356 6796


Corona virus service update 

The Short Breaks Thursday morning and afternoon drop in service at Hackney Learning Trust is closed due to the current situation. If you need to provide evidence or documentation the Short Breaks team are still available to process these and to answer queries Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Phone 020 8356 6796 


Short Breaks offer - COVID 19 temporary changes and flexibility update

Due to the impact of COVID 19, a number of children and young people are not able to access their usual Short Breaks, either because the carer is unavailable, the Short Breaks provider has had to close/cancel their activities or because you are unable to spend your Individual Budget on your prepaid card.

We recognise that some families are now faced with the challenge of keeping their child or young person entertained and occupied during the current period of lockdown.

Due to these current exceptional circumstances we would like to offer families some alternative support to the standard Short Break offer and will be allowing families the opportunity to purchase equipment and toys such as outdoor play equipment, books, arts and craft materials, etc. We hope this measure supports families to sustain supporting the development and stimulation of their children and young people through play and creativity.

Read the full statment on this update here Short Breaks Flexible until December 2020 (Covid update number 5)

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 2020/21 will be:

  • 110 hours full allocation for those who do not get a social care package
  • 55 hours for those who get a social care package


  • Individual Budget (IB) with the equivalent funding on a Prepaid Card

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.

More information and documents relating to Hackney's Short Breaks service are can be found in the help and advice article for this service:

To help parents with queries and applications Short Breaks run a drop in service:

  • Thursday mornings 9:30 am - 12 pm 
  • Thursday afternoon 2 pm - 4:30 pm 

Note: There is no one avaliable during the lunch period between 12pm - 2 pm

For more information do go to the website: 

Record Last Updated on: 04/09/2020

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Thursday morning drop in 9:30 am - 12 pm - Hackney Learning Trust
Thursday afternoon drop in 2 pm - 4:30 pm - Hackney Learning Trust
Families can book an appointment to see a member of the team.

Other Details

Referral required?


Referral Details

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.


Phone: 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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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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