Essex Short Breaks

Short Breaks are for children and young people who:

  • are aged between 0 and 18, or 19 to 25 and have a personal budget
  • have a diagnosis of special educational needs and/or a disability
  • live in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock)*

Children and young people fostered in Essex, but still looked after by another Local Authority, are not eligible for a Short Breaks passport ID number.  They can still access any of the short breaks clubs, but their Local Authority would need to fund this.

The ‘What are Short Breaks’ page on the Essex Short Breaks website has further information on whether your child qualifies, how they define disabilities, access and costs.

What they offer

Short Breaks offer a wide range of opportunities, activities and support including:

  • clubs and activities (run by Action for Children)
  • Light Touch care
  • adapted and un-adapted caravans
  • beach huts
  • activity days out
  • Max Card discount scheme

Brochure

Short Breaks publish a Short Breaks brochure every year that contains extra information on what is available and who to contact.

See also the Essex Short Breaks Activities Map to find clubs and activities near to you.

Cost

You will need to pay for all leisure activities and you will also be asked for a parental contribution to attend Short Breaks activities and clubs. You will not have to pay for extra support to help your child take part. You will not have to pay for care that’s been assessed and referred from the Children with Disabilities Social Care Team. You will not have to pay for Light Touch Care.


Who the service provides for

Short Breaks are for children and young people who:

  • are aged between 0 and 18, or 19 to 25 and have a personal budget
  • have a diagnosis of special educational needs and/or a disability
  • live in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock)

Email address

Shortbreaks@essex.gov.uk

Operational locations

  • Essex

Address

Essex County Council
P.O. Box 11
County Hall
Chelmsford
CM1 1LX

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