Short breaks

Could you be a short breaks carer?

We provide short breaks to families needing some support in their caring role. These are regular, planned breaks. This is a vital service which helps to prevent families from reaching breaking point. The focus is on keeping families together and short breaks can often be a key support in preventing a child from coming into care.

The service offers crucial support to children and their families who find themselves in a variety of difficult circumstances. This might be grandparents who have become full time kinship carers for their grandchildren, parents who care for children with additional needs and might need a break or single parents with young children, who have no family or community supports.  We work alongside families, recognising the pressure they may be under.

Short Breaks carers provide a minimum of one weekend a month caring for a child. The children are carefully matched with the carer who will look after the same child or children on a regular basis. Introductory meetings and visits take place before a short break starts. Carers and children have the opportunity to build strong - and sometimes lifelong relationships. 

If you think that you might be able to support a child in this way, we would be keen to hear from you.

Related content

  1. Could you be a short breaks carer?
  2. What we look for
  3. Assessment
  4. Checks
  5. Approval process
  6. Support and advice
  7. Finance
  8. Next steps

Family Connections

Phone: 0303 123 1008
Email: Family Connections