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Short Breaks - Information, Criteria & Application


Short Breaks give disabled children and young people the opportunity for an enjoyable experience with or without their primary carers. Short Breaks also allow parents and families a break from their caring responsibilities. For more information on Short Breaks please read our Short Breaks statement here.

The Team

The Specialist Inclusion Project is a team that specialises in researching, identifying, running and monitoring Short Breaks services for young people with disabilities aged 8 to 18 years throughout the Bradford District. These include after school, evening, weekend and half term Short Breaks. The team offer their own Short Breaks services including popular after school clubs based on dance and drama, supported swimming sessions and the Pineapples Summer Camp offering a 4 night residential during the Summer Holidays.


The Levels

The levels of support required by disabled children and young people and their families can vary depending on the changing needs of the child or family circumstances. The Early Help Tiered model which was introduced in early 2017 gives flexibility to step up or step down, between and across these levels as and where appropriate, dependent upon needs meeting the respective eligibility criteria.

Tier 1 - For a child or young person on SEN support and/or with no diagnosed disability.

Tier 2 - A child or young person with a diagnosed disability and their needs can not be met via a tier 1 service.

Tier 3 - 

Tier 4 - 


Eligibility Criteria

Our criteria for Tier 2 Short breaks are as follows, young people must;

  1. Have a diagnosed disability
  2. Be aged 8-18
  3. Doesn’t currently have a social worker involved
  4. Not currently accessing any other after school/ evening club or group unless wanting to change their current one.
  5. Not in receipt of any Direct Payment or Personalised/Individual budget unless wanting to change this.

Applying for a short break

To apply for a short break, please visit this page and register your interest! 


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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.