Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with fun, enjoyment and a chance to be with friends while their parents and carers get a break from caring. They come in many different forms, ranging from an overnight stay in a residential centre or a carer’s home to attending a youth club, leisure centre or getting involved in a sports activity.

Taken from SENDirect website

Read more about the benefits of Short Breaks on the SENDirect website 

The current Short Break offer in Kingston and Richmond

We recently consulted with parents, carers, children, young people and providers to provide a review of the Short Breaks statement which you can read below.

Short Breaks Statement August 2019 (opens a pdf)

Aiming High Short Breaks

All children and young people who meet the following eligibility criteria can apply for short breaks under the Aiming High scheme:

  • child or young person who has a diagnosed disability
  • The child or young person is aged between 0 -18th birthday
  • The child or young person lives in the Royal Borough of Kingston or the London Borough of Richmond

Aiming High Short Breaks


Short Breaks for children and young people with more complex needs
Children with more complex needs can take part in the Aiming High Short Break offer described above however they can also access specialist sessions only for children and young people with more complex needs.  These can include both day and overnight provision. These are called "Assessed Need Short Breaks". Children and families who meet the eligibility criteria to receive services from the Social Care Disabled Children’s Team or the Family Support Team (ISCD - Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities), will be able to access these short breaks.

More about Assessed Need Short Breaks and eligibility criteria 


Geraldine Burgess

Short Breaks Operations Manager 

Phone: 020 8547 6212


Moor Lane Centre, Moor Lane, Chessington. KT9 2AA