Short Breaks

Enabling children and young people with a disability or complex health need, to access services and activities that will enhance their life experiences; whilst offering a break to families/carers.

These services include -

  • Short Breaks - Offering children and young people with a disability opportunities to enhance their life experience.
  • Holiday Activities Timetable
  • TIE - Doncaster's register of children and young people with a disability
  • TIE membership card (cards are issued by Families Information Service, to apply complete the TIE Application Form)

Short Break Panel

The Short Break Panel meets on a fortnightly basis to discuss short break applications that have been referred by a lead professional on behalf of parents/carers. The applications are requests for short breaks from caring responsibilities for parents/carers who have a child with a disability.

If your application is successful, support may provide overnight residential care, a sessional worker to work with your child or a set number of hours to be used as a 'direct payment'.

To be referred for a short break, you need to find a lead professional if you do not have a social worker. This could be, for example, someone from your child's school, a worker from the family hubs, health visitor - someone who is Early Help Assessment trained and knows your family.

The first step would be to complete the Early Help Assessment with your lead professional to identify your family's unmet needs. A 'TAC' (Team Around the Child) meeting may also be held. Once this has been done your application for a short break can be referred by your lead professional to short breaks.

Doncaster Council's Short Break Offer 2019

The 'Short Break Offer 2019' document below contains information on Doncaster's current Short Break Offer. 

Doncaster Council Short Breaks Offer 2019
Download (384KB - PDF)

The government has produced some helpful guidance for people who receive direct payments . It is relevant to children, young people and adults ‒ who receive support through their personal budgets or personal health budgets and take this as a direct payment. It sets out key messages to support people in planning and receiving their care and support safely during the pandemic.

The Holiday Activity Timetable

Short Breaks produces an activities timetable for February and October Half Term and Summer Holidays to offer extra support to parents and carers.

The timetable includes a variety of activities such as arts and crafts and sports sessions as well as family activities such as ice skating.

The timetable is sent out to all families who are registered with TIE and on our Local Offer Facebook page - If you are a member of the Together Information Exchange register you will receive the timetable to your email address where available.


If you would like further information regarding Short Breaks, please contact: 

Cheryl Wallace - Short Breaks Lead

Last updated: 22 September 2022 14:41:20