The short breaks duty

The resources on this page are to help parent carers work with providers to make sure the general short breaks duty allows all families to have the break they need.

The Short Breaks Partnership bulletin

In this issue of the bulletin:

  • The short breaks duty: an introduction by Steve Broach.
  • Other projects supporting short breaks.

Download this edition of the short breaks bulletin [PDF].

Case studies

  • 'How the views of parent carers are informing short break provision in Hampshire' - Contact a Family case study about a parent carer forum working with their local authority.

Hampshire County Council provides a range of short breaks services and these have been developed in partnership with parent carers. This case study looks at how Parent Voice and Hampshire Parent Carer Network representatives were involved in the short breaks strategy working group, which co-produced Hampshire Council's Short Breaks Service Statement.

Read the full case study.


  • 'How the views of disabled children are informing commissioning at Enfield Council' - Council for Disabled Children case study about commissioning short breaks.

The London Borough of Enfield wanted children and young people to inform commissioning and service development. They developed an observational questionnaire to be completed with each child by a member of staff in one-to-one sessions. The data gave a unique insight into the wants and needs of the group and has led to changes to the way Enfield commissions and delivers short break services.

Read the full case study.


  • 'The importance of personalising short break provision' - Action for Children case study about short break provision.

This case study looks at the new approach to commissioning short breaks. The aim of this new approach to commissioning was to start with the identified interests and needs of children, young people and their families, and to then seek activities and services which met this specific need. The ambition is to develop personalised and inclusive short break provision instead of service-led activities.

Read the full case study.


  • 'How short break provision can make a radical difference for a young person moving into adulthood' -KIDS case study about a young person's experience of a short break.

With the aim of reducing social isolation and community inclusion, KIDS promoted an activity day in colleges and through local professionals who support hard to reach and under privileged young people. Through short breaks a young man called Mike was able to increase his independence, improve his life skills and become a more active member of his community.

Read the full case study.

Contact us

We are really keen to hear from you if you have any feedback or suggestions for either the joint bulletins or resources. You can get in touch by emailing