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Short Breaks Services

A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that a child or young person with a disability can attend either with you or independently.

A short break can last between a few hours and several days.

It can take place:

  • in your own home
  • in a supported setting
  • within the community

It provides families with a break from their caring role and time to spend with other family members or to have time to themselves. The Local Authority provides the following short breaks which are accessed through an assessment by Social Care.

For further information about Short Breaks and eligibility criteria for children and young people in Stockton-on-Tees, read the  Short Breaks Statement of Purpose (PDF) [888KB] .

We value your views on the Short Breaks Grant and take on board your feedback. Our  You Said, We Did document (PDF) [176KB]  explains how we have used your feedback to improve the offer.

A copy of the latest Hartburn Lodge Statement of Purpose can be requested from Hartburn Lodge by emailing hartburn.lodge@stockton.gov.uk or calling 01642 527994.

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

Families caring full time for a child or young person with a special educational need or disability (SEND) can sometimes struggle to get any kind of break from their caring role. We provide a Short Breaks Grant to eligible families that we have co-produced with Stockton Parent Carer Forum.

Please return your receipts or unused money on our secure payments page. Select 'other payments', then 'Short Breaks', 'Short Breaks Repayment' from the drop down menus. Failure to do so will impact on future applications.

If you want more information about Short Breaks read our  Short Breaks Statement of Purpose (PDF) [888KB] and the  Short Breaks Grant Offer (PDF) [233KB] .

How to apply

The grant application form is now open for a limited number of applications. 

Apply for a Short Breaks Grant

Any applications received once our limit has been reached will not be processed. We apologise in advance for any disappointment. The grant continues to be very popular and is provided from a limited budget. We are pleased to say that so far in this grant period, 262 families in Stockton-on-Tees have benefited from the grant.

Keep an eye on our webpage for more information and sign up to Stockton Parent Carer Forum (SPCF) who coproduces the grant with us.

If you want more information about Short Breaks, read the  Short Breaks Grant Offer (PDF) [233KB] .