Support, equipment, short breaks and care for disabled children and those caring for them
We believe that the basic needs for disabled children are no different from those of any other child. But we recognise that some disabled children have additional needs, or face additional barriers which inhibit and prevent their inclusion in society. And it is those children, that we endeavour to support.
This service covers:
The team works closely with colleagues in the Health and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities services, and the Inclusion Team within Education.
Phone: 0300 123 2224
The Short Breaks Service is available to families of disabled children and young people living in Somerset aged 0 to 18 years.
Short break care in Somerset is run by the Children with Disabilities Team, which is part of the Council’s Children’s services.
A video has been put together by the Unstoppables on What is the Short Break Service?
You can access the service through a formal assessment process. A child is eligible for a child and family assessment from the Children with Disabilities social work team, if they:
The assessment concentrates on the impact of the child’s impairment on their own, and their family’s daily lives. This is separate from issues of family dysfunction, but may take them into account.
You can find more information to help you below.
Short Breaks December 2019 and January 2020 Activity Calendar
Short Breaks Winter 2019 Newsletter
Short Breaks Club Newsletter 2019-2020
Short Breaks Statement
Short Breaks Activity Day Passes 2019 2020
Youth Equipment Store Flyer
If you have received confirmation from the Short Breaks Team about an activity day booking with a reference number you can use the form below to complete your payment.
Make a payment
Our Local Offer on Somerset Choices
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Draft Eligibility Criteria for Assessment by the Children with Disabilities Service
Early Support Team Flyer
Safety information leaflet
Occupational Therapy Service
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