Short Breaks

Changes to Short Breaks came into effect on the 1 October 2019. Read about these changes in the “Changes to Shorts Breaks Service from 1 October 2019” section below.


Short Breaks give children and young people with a disability time away from the family. This gives them the opportunity for independence, having fun with their peers, making new friends and gaining new experiences. Short Breaks also give parents and families a break from caring responsibilities. Some Short Breaks provide families with opportunities to take part in activities/trips together.

Short Breaks Services – Update as of November 2020

We are very pleased to advise that we are delivering a limited short breaks service through our contract with Action for Children. The service is delivering a range of daytime and overnight short breaks that are compliant with all government guidance for Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing where possible through the residential short break and Bucks Activity Project services.

At this time residential short breaks can only be offered to children and families deemed by Children’s Social Care to be at the very greatest need. When offering these currently limited sessions individual risk assessments will have been completed by Action for Children and the child’s social worker together with the family.

Bucks Activity Project are delivering limited targeted short breaks to families who want them and are accepting new children and young people to the service. Individual risk assessments are also completed with families and social workers where appropriate.

We will continue to review the situation and keep you all informed of updates or changes.

If you are worried and need help you can contact us as follows:

  • If your child/ren have a social worker please call 01296 383762
  • If your family has a family support worker from the Early Help Service please call 01296 383293
  • If your child/ren do not have a social worker or a family support worker please call First Response Team: Telephone: 01296 383962 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

If you need an urgent response outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0800 999 7677

For more information please email contact Rona Hopwood:

Email: Rona.Hopwood@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01296 383 506