Information for parents and carers about short breaks and activities in Leeds

Short break activities help disabled children have fun, try new things, gain independence and make friends. They also help parents and carers take a break from the pressures of family life.

Activities can be after school, at weekends or during school holidays. They can last from a couple of hours to a few days.

Activities can be broken down into 3 categories:

  • services for everyone (universal services), which disabled children can access
  • targeted services for specific groups of disabled children
  • specialist services for children whose needs cannot be met by universal or targeted services.

Services for everyone

There are lots of activities which all children can access, like Brownies and Cubs, arts and crafts or football clubs.

All services must make reasonable adjustments so that disabled children are included in their activities.

You can look for activities using these Leeds City Council websites:

You can also find activities via your school and your local children's centre.

If a service needs support to meet your child’s needs, please ask them to contact us to discuss our Inclusion Quality Mark.

Targeted services

Targeted short breaks are activities and groups for specific groups of children.

Leeds City Council targeted services resources:

Specialist services

Specialist services are aimed at children with severe and complex level of disability whose needs cannot be met by universal or targeted services.

Access to specialist services is via:

  • referral by a social worker or key health care professional
  • the Council's Early Help assessment process (PDF).

Specialist services can include daytime or overnight breaks in a short break unit, short breaks with an approved foster carer, direct payments or individual support worker.

Leeds City Council's One minute guide on short breaks and fun activities (PDF).

Scope's quality standard

Scope has developed a quality standard to improve services and help parents choose short breaks and activities.

This map shows all the activity providers who've achieved the Scope Quality Standard.

Help for Lead Professionals in Leeds
Scope Inclusion Quality Mark for universal providers in Leeds


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.

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