Bedfordshire Short Breaks

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 respite per month. This gives the family the flexibility to arrange breaks for their child/young person when it is most convenient for them.  

We work closely in partnership with parents and other professionals so together we work towards meeting the best outcomes for the child/young person and breaks focus on the individual needs and wishes of the child.

Before any breaks are arranged a KIDS' member of staff will visit the family to ensure that we appropriately understand the needs of the family and their delivery is regularly reviewed and closely monitored by the service manager.

The service gives parents and main care givers the opportunity to spend time 1-1 with other siblings and the increase the self-esteems 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.

KIDS manages its short breaks using its Direct Short Break Service powered by (The Short Break Portal) and telephone helpline (03330 142 990). You can book breaks using either means. 

Who is the service for?

“The KIDS staff are great and always get back to me when I ring in. My daughter enjoys her breaks with her KIDS worker Anna, who always comes up with fun things for them to do, this really takes the pressure off me and we both get to enjoy a break”

Families living within the local authority of Bedfordshire. 

Either families with disabled children/young people upto the age of 18 years old that are referred by the local authority or families with disabled children/young people up to the age of 25 years old that are using their own personalised budget. 

What are the potential outcomes from using the service? 

The disabled child/young person grows in confidence and independence through play and activities. The parents/carers are able to have a set time weekly to relax, or spend quality time with their other children.

When is it on?

Most days of the year, including weekends, but excluding Christmas day, subject to the availability of the short break worker.    

Day Time
Monday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Tuesday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Wednesday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Thursday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Friday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Saturday 7.00am - 12.00pm
Sunday 7.00am - 12.00pm

How to access the service?

A referral from the local authority - the cost of the break will be covered by the local authority.

Or, for families wanting to access the service using their personal budgets, make contact to the service via the website or telephone helpline. 

(£18.96 per hour if directing your own care package via a personalised budget).

ContactContact the Direct Short Breaks helpline via phone or email, or the local service manager

Direct Short Breaks helpline - 03330 142 990

Direct Short Breaks email -

Service co-ordinator, Rosie Cooke -

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