Short breaks in Leeds

Information for parents

Short break activities enable disabled children to have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends. They can be for a couple of hours to a few days, this depends on the types of short breaks and the needs of the child and family.

Services for everyone (Universal Provision)

There are lots of activities which all children can access, for example, Brownies, arts and crafts or football clubs. All services must make reasonable adjustments so that disabled children are included in their activities. 

You can search for activities in Leeds through, Leeds city council’s Family information service, Breeze, your school,  your local children centre.

If a service needs support to meet your child’s needs, please ask them to contact us so we can offer our quality standard to enable them to identify changes to include your child and other children with additional needs.

Targeted Services

Targeted short breaks are activities and groups for specific groups of children, you can find out more by reading the short break guide and the short break directory . If you require further advice, information or support with a shortbreak referral form you can contact us.

Specialist services

Specialist provision in aimed at children with severe and complex level of disability whose needs are over and above what can be met by universal or targeted services. Access to these services is by referral from a social worker or key health care professional, or identified through the Early Help assessment process. These can include daytime or overnight breaks in a short break unit, short breaks with an approved foster carer, direct payments or individual support worker.

For more information see the one minute guide on shortbreaks.

Feedback on activities

We want to hear about your experiences of any activity, shortbreak or setting which you or your disabled child have used, please use our feedback survey.