Lancashire Short Breaks

Short breaks give the primary carer of a child a break from their caring role whilst the child or young person attends a fun group activity. The break is for a period of at least two hours.

The criteria to qualify for Lancashire Break Time short breaks is to be the unpaid primary carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities, aged 4 to 18 years and living in Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool). The child or young person will find it difficult to access universal services due to sensory issues, learning difficulties, physical mobility problems, etc.

They will not be in receipt of an assessed social care outreach package; those with a higher level of need will receive services through their package of care.

Lancashire Break Time activities take place across Lancashire during term time and school holidays and will continue in their current form for an interim period.

You can find the link to the Lancashire County Council Break Time page here, where you can find a calendar of events and guidance relating to safely accessing this service.

Due to Covid-19, there are fewer providers open at this time so the number of sessions available may be limited. Please be aware that providers may limit the number of sessions per child, in order to allow more children to attend.

These activities are offered in line with current advice from the government and Public Health England. As the guidance changes we will continue to deliver these activities wherever possible, but please be aware sessions could be cancelled at short notice.

As Lancashire is currently under national lockdown restrictions, please can we ask that you check with the provider that your child's club is still running, and if there are any changes you need to be aware of.

It is crucial that we are minimising the risk of transmission of the virus due to increased mixing between different groups of children. For this reason, you should consider sending your child to the same settings consistently and limit the number of settings your child attends as far as possible.