We enable disabled children and young people to develop the skills to Prepare for Adulthood, to access community activities and to increase independence skills. This is achieved through an allocation of a personal budget that can be used for agreed activities or support. This support will provide the carer with a short break.
How you can access short break / early help funding
1. Through self-assessment
If your child or young person doesn't receive services from social care and has high rate Disability Living Allowance (Care Component) or the enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP), they have an automatic entitlement to our local short breaks offer. You will receive a personalised budget that can be used for agreed activities and support.
To access this, you will need to contact our Referral and Access Team on 01480 372767. After a brief chat they will send you a self-assessment form to complete. A sample of the form is published below so you can see what sort of information you will need to provide.
2. Through a disability social care assessment
If your child or young person has a disability and will require lifelong support from statutory services, their social care assessment may indicate that they are eligible for short break / Early Help funding. You will receive a personalised budget that can be used for agreed activities and support. For some Early Help Plus enables an increased personal budget to meet assessed needs. Early Help Plus plans are reviewed at least every six months to ensure that needs continue to be met and is overseen by a social work manager.
View our Disability Social Care 0-25 page for more details on applying, eligibility and assessments.