Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Address: Short Breaks for Disabled Children, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL

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What is a Short Break?
Portsmouth City Council’s aim is to commission and offer a range of reliable, local short break provision to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities and to enable children, young people and their families to lead as fulfilling a life as possible and to enjoy, achieve and have access to the same opportunities as others in life.
What Short Break services are available?
Portsmouth City Council provides Short Breaks during the day, evening, overnights and at weekends. These breaks may happen within:
  • the community

  • the child or young person’s home

  • the home of an approved carer

  • a residential setting

Short breaks come in many different forms and can last anything from an hour to days. The length and type of break will depend on your child, young person and family.
There are 3 categories of short breaks - Universal, Targeted and Specialist, all of which are accessed in different ways, see below.  Further information on these can be found in the Short Breaks Statement document.  The Statement provides details on the eligibility criteria and the range of services for each category.  For more in depth information on Targeted Short Breaks please click here and for Specialist Support click here.


Tel: 023 9268 8842

Service Category: Care, Leisure, Advice, Information and Support

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