Disabled children's activities (short breaks)

Have your say about Barnet Short Breaks 
Now that national restrictions have lifted, we are working with our Short break partners and providers to plan ahead for additional sessions this year. We are asking you to complete a short survey about the type of activities you would use. This will help our Short Break providers to design and develop useful activities and sessions that you want.
Thank you for helping us shape our short breaks activities. This survey will be open until Friday 25 June 2021.

Complete the survey here

Short Breaks are a range of play and leisure services for disabled children and young people aged 0 to 19th birthday who live in Barnet.

These services are targeted at children and young people who need additional support in order to access play and leisure services. We have a variety of organisations that provide the short breaks services. Please visit our Short Breaks Directory

The directory includes a list of providers that have met our quality threshold. You can view what each organisation has on offer to help you decide which activity will be most suited to your child’s needs.

Who can apply

To be eligible for a short break service, children and young people must be aged 0 to 19th birthday, be in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the middle or high rate.

They must also fall under one of the following groups: 

Group A 
Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). They are likely to have other impairments such as Severe Learning Disabilities or behaviours which challenge. Children in this group will display behaviour which challenges services or behaviour which causes injury to themselves or others. Not all children with ASC will require specialist additional short break services. 

Group B 
Children and young people with complex health needs including those with disability and life limiting conditions resulting in a disability, and/or those with associated impairments such as cognitive or sensory impairments and who may have moving and handling needs or require specialist trained staff and specialist equipment.

In exceptional circumstances, applications for Short Breaks that fall outside of this criteria may be considered at the Disability Resource Panel (DPR). 

Short Break offer 

The new offer for families in Barnet is as follows: 

  • 15 days or 90 hours (using Barnet approved provider list) or
  •  £1200 Funding via pre-paid card (to allow families choice and flexibility of services. Subject to a 0-25 service funding policy and Short Breaks written agreement). 

Children and young people with higher levels of needs maybe eligible to access additional funding for Short Breaks from the Children with Disabilities Funding. Any requests that fall outside of this offer may be considered by the Disabilities Resource Panel (DRP). All the unused funds will be recalled by the 29th March. Please make sure that you make all your payments in time using your account.

How to apply

Following feedback from parents, we are happy to inform you that we have made some changes to make the application process for Short Breaks easier.

If you already have an allocation for 2020/21, you do not need to apply again to receive a short break allocation for next year. Barnet Council will not require you to complete a new Short Breaks application for the year 2021/22. (The short breaks year starts 1 April 2021 and ends on 31 March 2022. Any allocation or funding unused by the end of the year cannot be rolled over to next year).

You will only need to complete a new Short Breaks application for the year 2021/22 if:

  • a new child is requesting to access the service
  • you wish to request a change to the service you have been allocated e.g. change in provider.

Apply using our Short Breaks online application form within the My Account area

2021/2022 applications open from 14 January 2021 for you to apply for a Short Break provision. Every application from that date will be processed from 1 April 2021.
You may request services for the whole year if you wish on one application.

Please be advised that Serviced from our  Provider (allocation of 15 days or 90 hours) and Personal Budget (£1200) are offered on a Pro Rata basis, therefore new applications received before 31 March will receive the full Short Breaks/PB budget. Applications received after will be allocated taking into account a pro rata allocation.

Pro rata means “in proportion”, in this case is based on the remaining months of the year. Example: If you will apply in September for PB you will get £600 or 45 hours/7.5 days in case you are requesting a provider’s service.

Please state clearly which service you are requesting and for which date(s).

We shall consider all applications received by the closing date and will then contact you to let you know what services we are able to offer your child.

The Short Breaks Directory gives details of all services of providers commissioned by Barnet Council. 

Decisions regarding Short Break Services offered will take account of the quality and value for money provided to the Council.

All services are subject to availability.

Closing dates for application

  • February half term 2021, Sunday 3 January 2021
  • Easter break 2021, Sunday 7 February 2021
  • May half term 2021, Sunday 28 March 2021
  • Summer 2021, Friday 1 May 2021
  • October half term 2021, Friday 28 August 2021
  • Christmas 2021, Friday 9 October 2021.

Please allow 28 working days for your application to be processed. You will receive an email confirmation of your application once we receive it. 

Contact us

For further information regarding Short Breaks: