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Short Breaks

Exciting new programmes available with the Short Breaks offer

Royal Borough of Greenwich is pleased to announce it's updated Short Breaks core offer, with a range of new and returning organisations providing activities from 1st April 2021. 

The updated Short Breaks Guide 2021-2023 can be downloaded to the right of this page. The guide contains information on the individual programmes that are available, as well as general information and guidance on the Short Breaks service.

Short Breaks are available for children and young people who:

  • are aged 4 - 17
  • live in Greenwich
  • AND have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP)

If you would like to register yourself or your child for the Short Breaks programme, please contact the team at Short-Breaks-Referrals@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 0208 921 3002. Registration forms can be downloaded to the right of this page.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Short Breaks service:

What are Greenwich Short Breaks?

The term “short breaks” refers to services that help parents/carers to more effectively provide care for their disabled children by providing them with regular breaks. This is so that they can meet the needs of other children in the family; study or take part in leisure activities themselves; or carry out day to day household tasks. We also want short breaks to help make sure young people access positive activities.

Royal Greenwich has a duty to provide access to short break services for parent/carers of all disabled children aged 0-19 in Royal Greenwich (or up to 25, where part of a support plan).

Please note that for short break support for young people aged 18+, families should contact Adult services for more information. 

Greenwich has commissioned 8 organisations across the borough to offer Short Breaks services and activities. Below is a table of these commissioned  providers (2021-2023). Please click on the link for each provider to go to their Local Offer page. 

Short Breaks Provider Age Range Type of Provision Location

All Kids Can Saturday Club

All Kids Can Holiday Club

All Kids Can Summer Scheme

10 - 17 Specialist Shooters Hill
Brighter Futures Project 14 - 17 Targeted & Specialist Woolwich

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)

Saturday & School Holiday Club

13 - 17 Targeted Eltham
Cray Wanderers Active Breaks 4 - 11 Targeted Eltham & Plumstead
GLL Family Splash 4 - 17 Targeted & Specialist Eltham & Greenwich
New Lodge Riding for the Disabled 4 - 17 Targeted & Specialist Mottingham
Sport Works 4 - 14 Targeted Thamesmead
Willow Dene Saturday & Summer Club 5 - 10 Specialist Plumstead

What does it mean for me and my family?

The Short Breaks offer in Greenwich means:

  • All eligible families will have a guaranteed offer of 100 subsidised hours to use over the year.
  • If the assessment indicates you require more support, you may get more hours
  • You can purchase more hours directly from the provider if you choose to.
  • You have more choice over what activities your child or young person can take part in.
  • You can use your hours more flexibly to suit you and the needs of your family
  • You have more of a choice of providers for your child or young person.

What does it cost?

Royal Borough of Greenwich subsidises all short break activities to help make it more affordable for you, and so the majority of the costs are covered by the Local Authority.

For the remaining costs, providers charge small access fees to families per session. These fees vary from £1.70 - £5 per hour. More information can be found on the individual access fees on the provider's pages in the Short Breaks Guide.

How can I register?

Registrations and referrals need to come via the Short Breaks team. The registration forms can be downloaded to the right of this page, including a consent formself-assessment form and activity preference form. These need to be completed by the family and sent to Short-Breaks-Referrals@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or posted to the Short Breaks team at the Woolwich Centre.

Targeted & Specialist provision - what does it mean?

The programmes in the offer are split into targeted and specialist activities:

Targeted support

This support is aimed at children and young people who require a bit more support to take part in activities. They benefit from higher staff ratios than mainstream activities, and staff who have additional knowledge and skills in supporting children and young people with SEND. This will include those with moderate level of need including ASD, moderate learning difficulties or communication needs. They are likely to be attending mainstream education provision.

Any child or young person with an Education, Health and Care plan who lives in Greenwich is eligible to access the targeted services under the Short Breaks offer. 

Specialist support

This support is aimed at children and young people who have more complex needs – this can be severe ASD, severe learning difficulties and/or complex medical needs. These programmes provide an even higher staffing ratio, typically 1:1 and staff have additional knowledge and skills in supporting children with complex needs. The child is usually in receipt of a care package from the Local Authority following a social care assessment of need.

For those children and young people with a specialist level of need, the Short Breaks activities might be part of a wider care package of support.

Overnight Short Breaks

Overnight short breaks are short-term overnight care provided by someone other than the parents or usual carers of the child. Previously known as respite care, they are part of the Greenwich's short break offer for disabled children and their families.

Types of overnight short breaks

The type of overnight short break care you may get depends on your individual circumstances. It may include your child:

  • being looked after in their own home
  • being cared for by an individual, couple or another family
  • going to a residential home.

Who can get overnight short breaks?

You may be able to get overnight short breaks if you have children who have either of the following:

  • complex health needs which may require care overnight
  • severe and profound disabilities

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for consideration for overnight short breaks, your child will need a Greenwich social worker to complete a Child + Family assessment. The social worker will then present this to the Short Breaks panel, which meets every 2 weeks. If there is an indicated need for overnight support, this will form part of your child's Disabled Child Support Plan, along with any other appropriate Short Breaks that have been agreed. 

To discuss overnight short breaks and if your child might be eligible, please contact the Short Breaks team. 

Who can I speak to for more information?

RBG has a dedicated Short Breaks team to support you and answer any questions about the Greenwich offer.

You can contact them by emailing Short-Breaks-Referrals@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 0208 921 3002. 

You can also contact the individual providers for more information on their programmes. The guide contains the contact information for each organisation.