What is a Short Break?

All young people in Bolton should be able to access parks, playgrounds, entertainment and sports facilities.

Short breaks provide a specialist service which aims to support disabled children and their families, over and above those opportunities available to all families.  They include services which you may think of as ‘respite care’, but ‘short breaks’ is a better way of describing support from which both children and parents benefit.

Who can have a Short Break?

Short breaks are available to disabled young people in Bolton aged 0 to 18 and their families.  Short breaks have two main aims:

  • to provide a break from caring to support a parent or carer to continue to look after their child in the long term;
  • to enable disabled children to participate in safe, fun and interesting activities.

They can vary from a few hours in a supported activity to overnight stays with another family or in a residential setting.

Bolton Short Breaks Services Statement 2016

Read our Short Breaks Services Statement where you can find out about our duty to provide short breaks, from caring to assisting parents and carers with parental responsibility who provide care for disabled children.

For details about commissioned and universal services in Bolton, take a look at our Local Offer.