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Short Breaks

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Social Care


What is a Short Break?

A "Short Break" is an activity for a child with disabilities that also provides a break for the parent carer and family.

Short Breaks are offered because Trafford Council recognise that caring for a child with disabilities can be hard and that the children and young people themselves may find challenges in accessing every day (mainstream / universal) activities.


How to apply for Short Breaks?

The SEND Short Breaks Team provide a service for children and young people with disabilities to identify leisure and short break opportunities.

*** If you would like to apply for a short break for your child please submit an enquiry form or call Trafford Children's First Response on 0161 912 5125 ***

You will be referred to the short breaks team for an assessment.  This helps us identify what activities your child enjoys and what needs there are that we need to be aware of.

The team consists of a SEND local offer advisor and 3 social care reviewing officers who have a great understanding of the leisure and short break opportunities for children and young people with disabilities in your local area. Your allocated worker will then help you find the right activity.

If you need ongoing support to access activities then your worker will write a short break support plan that will be reviewed every 6 months.


If you are unhappy with a Short Break Panel decision then please speak to your social care reviewing officer who will raise an appeal.  The service manager will review the decision.  If the issue is unable to be resolved then parents should contact the Integrated Customer Experience Team.


Weekend, Holiday and Youth Clubs

The Council currently fund two services to deliver weekend and holiday clubs and they also fund two Youth Groups. These are called Commissioned Services:

    Sport Works for 5 – 11 years (school year 1 to end of year 6)

      Sport Works for 11 – 18 years (school year 7 to end of year 13)

      Sense are running Get Out There (GOT) Holiday clubs for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism

      If you want to access the Weekend and Holiday clubs you do not need to contact the Short Breaks team.  Instead register your interest here.

      If you want to access the Youth Groups you do not need to contact the Short Breaks team.  Instead you can visit the Sport Works and Gorse Hill Studio pages on the local offer to contact them directly.

      Sport Works and Gorse Hill Studios Inclusive Youth Group

      The Saturday Challenge


        Find an Activity on the Trafford Directory

        Disabled children should have the opportunity to play, socialise and have fun alongside their non-disabled peers.

        For some young people they will need additional support to access mainstream groups and your worker can discuss ways this can be supported. 

        It may be that your child is unable to access mainstream activities so your worker may recommend our specialist activities that are highly supported with trained staff.

        A wide range of activities can be found here on the Trafford Directory:

        Contact the Short Break team via Trafford Children's First Response on 0161 912 5125 or by email at if you are struggling to find an activity or if your child or young person will require 1:1 support in order to access an activity.


        More information

        More detailed information about short breaks that are avaialble in Trafford can be found in our Short Breaks Duty Statement which is published every year.

        Trafford Council regularly reviews short breaks and recently reviewed the eligibility criteria alongside parent carers and health colleagues.


        Who else can help

        Trafford SEND Information and Support Service (SENDIASS) provide free, impartial and confidential information, advice and guidance to both parent carers and young people on all matters relating to special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). 

        Trafford Parents Forum Trafford parents who have children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

        Trafford Family Information Service (FIS) can also help you find activities, services and childcare.

        If the needs of your family mean you are experiencing difficulty finding suitable childcare Trafford Family Information Service Brokerage service may be able to provide additional help.

        See more in Independent Advice and Support