Short Breaks provide families/primary carers of disabled children and young people a break from their caring responsibilities whilst equally providing the child/young person the opportunity to have fun, make friends and develop skills. The length of the break can vary but is usually around three hours. They can either be in the community or in the home.

How does the service work?

 Families that are referred by the local authority will be allocated a number of hours of break per month. This gives the family the flexibility to arrange support for their child/young person when they most need it.

Before any breaks are arranged a KIDS' member of staff will visit the family to ensure that we appropriately understand the needs of the child/young person and their family. At this meeting we will arrange when the service will be delivered although this can be varied on agreement with the worker concerned and the coordinators.  Our delivery is regularly reviewed and closely monitored by the service coordinators.


The service can be used in one of three ways or a combination of them. 

  • Inclusion - A regular worker will take a disabled child/young person  out and about in their local community to access activities of their choosing and to try new things
  • Support at home- A regular worker will look after a child/young person  at home either alongside the parent, while the parent rests or does other things at home or while the parent goes out
  • Time 4 you – A regular worker will look after a disabled child/young person and their siblings at home while the parent goes out.  This is usually in the evening.

 We work closely in partnership with parents and other professionals aiming to meet the best outcomes for the child/young person and breaks focus on the individual needs and wishes of the child.

“excellent quality staff  ‘can do’ attitude, respectful of our child, parent views, family home. KIDS service tried to accomodate our needs as much as practicable”


“The service is invaluable to our family. Our worker is reliable and totally fantastic and feels like part of the family. Thankyou for its provision.”


“It’s very important for our child’s sibling to get some 1:1 time with their parent and some respite whilst our child is taken out for a KIDS session in the school holidays.”


“I don’t know where we would be without the help from KIDS”


“Knowing that my child is safe and well cared for during this time helps me massively”

Who is the service for?

Families living in the local authority of South Gloucestershire.
Families with disabled children/young people up to the age of 18 years old that are referred by the local authority


What are the potential benefits of using the service?

The disabled child/young person grows in confidence and independence and there is an increase self-esteem and confidence in the child or young person receiving the break as they access a wider range of activities and experiences on their KIDS breaks.  The parents/carers are able to have a set time weekly to relax, or spend quality time with their other children.

The service gives parents and main care givers the opportunity to spend time with other siblings


When is it on?

Breaks can be arranged most days of the year, including weekends, but excluding main bank holidays, subject to the availability of the short break worker.




07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


07.00 - 23.00


How to access the service?

All services are currently accessed by referral from the local authority - the cost of the break will be covered by the local authority. 


Gail Barrett - 0117 9476111 

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