Short breaks for children and young people with a disability
Review of short breaks
Our approach to short breaks is currently being reviewed and if you would like to contribute to the process please contact 020 8489 3205.
What are short breaks?
Haringey offers short breaks (previously known as respite care) to children and young people who have a disability and their families. This is to enable parents to sometimes have a break from the responsibility of the day-to-day care, and also to enable children and young people to have the opportunity to enjoy activities with their peers.
The short breaks available at the moment take different forms:
- children and young people may attend day activities or after school clubs
- children may go out during the day with a carer or a befriender
- children may stay overnight in a carers home
- children may stay overnight in a residential setting
- help may be provided in the family home to help with some of the household tasks such as getting the children ready for school or bed
- nursing care may be provided in the child’s home if appropriate
Money may also be provided in the form of Direct Payments so that families can arrange and pay for their own short breaks.
In Haringey short breaks are agreed at the Integrated Additional Services panel (IASP) The Panel is made up of people representing the health; social care; education; and housing services.
Find out more
Short breaks are offered at:
- The Haslemere Centre
Haringey’s Haslemere Centre offers support and short breaks for disabled children and young people. It provides a weekend residential short break service and one mid-week overnight provision. The service provides residential care for up to six children and young people, in addition to day services during the week and in school holidays
- Family Link Service
Family Link is a day fostering service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Our Family Link Carers are specially trained foster carers who provide day respite and some overnight care for children who would not otherwise be able to spend time away from their parents. The family Link carers may care for the child in their own home, or take them out on trips and activities
For more information about short breaks please contact the team administrator in the Disabled Children's Team:
Disabled Children’s Team
40 Cumberland Road
Tel: 020 8489 3947
- If the person you care for is an adult visit our Respite Breaks page.
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