Short Breaks (Respite Care)

A short break (sometimes known as ’respite care’) allows children and young people to enjoy new experiences and develop relationships outside their immediate family as well as giving the child’s parent or carer a break from their caring obligations.

A short break can include the provision of day, evening, after-school, overnight, weekend and holiday activities for the child and can take place in the community, school, youth and voluntary settings, the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer or in a residential or community setting. It will normally mean the child and the main carer spending a short period away from each other, although some carers may prefer to have a break without being in a different location from their child.

Below is information about the different short breaks opportunities available and how you can access them. Some are provided by Reading Borough Council, and families will need to be assessed for their eligibility. Others are provided by voluntary and communtiy organisations and more details can be found at the Disability Information Scheme website.