0300 123 1552
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Windchimes for referrals from Swale, Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Thanet
- 01227 741748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fairlawn for referrals from Ashford, Shepway and Dover
- 01233 621803 or email@example.com
- Bluebells for referrals from the Maidstone area
- 01622 631795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunrise for referrals from Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks
- 01892 543045 or email@example.com
- Treetops for referrals from Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
- 01322 626840 or treetopsShortBreak@kent.gov.uk
Who we are
We are a joint team of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and KCC staff who support five children’s residential short breaks units located across Kent. We provide overnight short breaks to children from five to 18 who have learning disabilities, social communication disorders, complex health needs and challenging behaviour.
Children receive specialised educational provision and each unit has a practice educator nurse who ensures staff are adequately trained and competent to deliver clinical care to the children using the service. We support children 24 hours a day, seven days a week and only close at Christmas and for two separate weeks a year for staff training in March/April and September/October. We also work with charities such as Barnardos.
What we do
After taking a referral from the child’s social worker we create a comprehensive care plans that begins with introducing the young person to the service and builds up to overnight stays. Children usually stay for two to four-night blocks and are encouraged to participate in a range of activities.
Each of the units is equipped with a range of facilities, including soft play room, sensory room, a spa pool, safe and accessible outside spaces, equipment and gardens, large play rooms for craft activities, games and toys. Three of the units have children’s ICT rooms.
We aim to provide homely and welcoming breaks in an environment which encourages children to have fun, grow and develop, aided by clear boundaries and a consistent approach.
How do you use this service?
You can get in touch using the information here or talk to your healthcare professional. Referral is via your child’s social worker from the Disabled Children’s Service.