About specialist short breaks

Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with a chance to spend time away from their parents, relax with friends and have fun. They also provide families with a break from their caring responsibilities.

Not all children and families will need the same level of short breaks, and some will need more than others because of the impact of their child’s disability or their individual family circumstances. For more information, see our short breaks statement (PDF, 17240.38 KB).

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Children and young people are eligible for short breaks if they meet the eligibility criteria. You can see if you’re eligible at JSDC eligibility and assessment.

If eligible, children and families are referred into the service using the JSDC referral form. This is completed with you by a professional who knows your child and family, such as a health visitor or teacher. This helps identify your child's additional needs and determines if your child is eligible. We aim to let you know the outcome within 4 weeks.

All short break grants will be reviewed once a year to ensure the level of support is right for your child and family. You can request a review and further assessment of your needs at any time by emailing cheviots@enfield.gov.uk.

Short breaks available for children and young people

Early years (0 to 4 years)

Children’s centres offer activities and services for families with children under 5.

If eligible, specialist support includes:

5 to 7 years

If eligible, specialist support includes:

8 to 17 years

If eligible, specialist support includes:

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