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 experiences 

  • Children's Direct Payment Support Service

  • 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, more information can be found here)

Short Break Panel

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

If your case is successful, some of the outcomes may include overnight residential care, a sessional worker to work with your child or a set number of hours to be used as a 'direct payment'.

(Direct payment awards are passed across to the children's commissioning team)

To be referred to short break panel, you would 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 'CAF' (Common Assessment Framework) trained and knows your family.

The first step would be to complete a 'CAF' (Common Assessment Framework) form with your lead professional and then hold a 'TAC' (Team Around the Child) meeting. Once this has been done your case for a short break can be submitted by your lead professional by contacting Short Breaks  - 01302 862332 or email

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 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 Facbook page - If you are a member of the Together Information Exchange register you will receive the timetable to your email address where available.

Summer Half-Term Activity Programme 2019
Download (671KB - PDF)

Meet the Short Breaks Team 

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

Bill McHugh

Short Breaks Lead

01302 862332 

Hayley Lindsay

Short Breaks Assessment Officer

01302 737115

Cheryl Wallace

Short Breaks Assessment Officer

01302 737448



Last updated: 12 July 2019 10:24:12