Children’s Home-based Short Breaks Team

We offer short-breaks to give respite to children with complex health needs and their families.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service has been suspended. Participants will be contacted or you can contact us, using the details below.

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Contact us

0300 790 6105

Short break sessions of up to four hours are delivered five days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

Who we are

We provide short breaks to children and young people with a range of learning disabilities, complex health needs and their families in their own home, the local community or in a local hospital.

Our team consists of support workers with a range of experience as carers and nursery nurses.

We see children who

  • Have a complex health  need for example  unstable seizures, artificial feeding Naso Gastric or gastrostomy
  • Have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, for example cancer, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Hunter’s syndrome or Wolf Hirschorn syndrome
  • Have a physical disability or global developmental delay and an additional health need, for example severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Triomy 21 and artificial feeding
  • Have a complex chronic condition, for example spina bifida, Retts syndrome, Hurschprung’s disease

What we do

  • Work with families to make sure sessions are individualised and meet the needs of the child and their family
  • Care for the medical, physical, social, intellectual and enhanced wellbeing needs of the children on our caseload
  • Administer oxygen, stoma care, gastrostomy feeds, naso-gastric tube feeding.
  • Manage seizures
  • Work with representatives from physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to undertake portage programmes, speech and language exercises and physiotherapy programmes with children who need them.
  • Assist children with effective communication, for example using the picture exchange communication system of Makaton.
  • Carry out activities the child enjoys such as arts and crafts, sensory activities or trips to the park or indoor play centre.

How do I refer to this service?

To refer patients please complete the Home-based Short Breaks Service referral form, please make sure you’ve read our referral criteria first.

Your comments

January 2020

The service is so valuable to us as a family, particularly over the last year, which has been really challenging. (Child's name) loves her time with (staff name) and its so nice to see her enjoying herself and thriving.

July 2019

Short Breaks are a brilliant service and really help me as a parent to have a break.

February 2019

We are extremely happy with the service provided and very grateful for the time.

January 2019

It's an invaluable service to me, for much needed respite and for my son to enjoy playtime fun. (Parent/Carer)

June 2018

Great service that allows me time I wouldn't normally have.

June 2018

The service is brilliant and a fundamental part of our family organisation/caring ability, extremely valuable. Thank you.

May 2018

Very grateful to receive the service. It really is of a great help.

May 2018

It has supported us well as a family and as individuals.

May 2018

Short breaks have really changed our lives, helping me has given me time to spend with my daughter.

May 2018
Herne Bay

Just that it is a fantastic service and offers so much more in terms of support than I could have imagined.