Short breaks consultation update

We would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation about proposals for Short Breaks for children and young people with disabilities.  The consultation ran from December to March and we had 467 responses.

The findings from the consultation are being analysed, alongside information on the use of services between 2015 and 2018, and a report will be presented to council leaders.

We will notify service users and update this site once the decision-making process has begun.

We offer a range of activities to give parent carers of disabled children a break from caring. The aim is to support parent carers to continue to care for their disabled children at home and to enable them to do so more effectively.

A range of short break services are provided at weekends, after school, during the school holidays, and overnight. These include:

  • group activity clubs at weekend, evening and during holiday
  • short term befriending services
  • direct payments
  • overnight care

We provide short breaks (sometimes called respite care) to help carers, and the person they care for, to take a break. We also provide short breaks for people who don’t have a carer to support them and maintain their independence.

A break can be for a few hours or a few days, depending on whether the carer needs time to attend an appointment, to have an operation or for a rest so they feel able to continue caring for someone. Longer breaks may take place in a care home or with a carefully selected family, or a live in carer may be arranged.

Types of respite care

There are several ways you can take a short break:

  • residential respite - the cared for person is looked after by someone else for a while, either in a residential care home or nursing care or on holiday
  • care at home - someone comes to stay in the home of the cared for person and takes over care for a while (for a few hours or sometimes overnight) so the carer can go out or have some time on their own
  • activities - the cared for person can be helped to take part in activities outside the home, for instance at a social centre or day care centre

Making Space Sheffield carer respite

Making Space workers can provide care while the carer goes shopping, visits family or friends, attends hospital appointments and so on. How the support is provided is up to the carer and the person they care for.


We may provide respite care as part of your support, if your assessment shows you have critical or substantial social care needs. We may also provide respite care to support a carer, ask for a Carer's Needs Assessment. As part of planning your support, we will carry out a financial assessment to work out how much you can afford to pay towards your support. 

SEN & Disability Advice & Support Team