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Short breaks and respite

Short breaks provide a child/ young person with a disability and their parents/carers a break from their usual routine and offer new opportunities.

Home-based care is where a child/young person visits the carer's home for a few hours per week or overnight stays.

Most of our home-based carers will have previous experience with children/young people who have a disability and may have worked in schools or related care services. They are assessed in a similar way to foster carers.

There are a range of short break services, play schemes and youth activities available to disabled children and young people in Croydon.

Many of these services can be accessed directly; others require an assessment and referral from the 0-25 Children with Disabilities Social Care Service.

You can find details of organisations in the Local Offer directory, within the Leisure, activities and sports section.

Services that require a referral to be made by the 0-25 Children with Disabilities Team, following a Child in Need Assessment are:

  • Calleydown residential short breaks home. A residential unit offering overnight short breaks, day care and after school support to children and young people with a severe learning disability aged 5-18.
  • PAT Scheme - weekend and holiday play scheme for children with learning disability aged 5-11.
  • Support with preparing for adulthood.
  • Time Out Scheme - weekend and holiday play scheme for children with learning disability aged 11-17.

How to get in touch

You can contact the Children with Disabilities Team in any of the following ways.

  • Phone: 020 8726 6400
  • Minicom: 020 8760 5797
  • Address: Children with Disabilities Team, 2nd Floor, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA

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