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Short Break Offer

9 March 2020 (by Helen Hughes (hhughes))

Review and redesign of Lancashire's Short Break Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

On 12 March 2020, Cabinet is being asked to consider proposals arising from the outcomes of the review of the full short breaks offer in Lancashire, comprising Lancashire Break Time, day time short breaks and overnight short breaks.

This is because the consultation responses on our proposal to cease Lancashire Break Time indicated that we need to look at the whole Short Breaks Offer provided by Lancashire County Council alongside Lancashire Break Time. As a result, Cabinet agreed on 8 August 2019 to review and redesign the whole Short Breaks Offer, in partnership with parents, carers, young people and providers.

A new offer, made up of the three elements – Break-time, Day-time and Night-time is proposed.


Children and young people aged 5-18 years would be able to access the Break-time offer if they have a learning difficulty or physical or sensory difficulty; live in Lancashire and do not live with or be supported by paid carers.

The Break-time offer would be a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 50 hours of activities a year.

Families would be able to purchase additional hours if they wish. They would also be able to access additional hours if it is identified as a need following a social care assessment.

Families would contribute £2 per hour per Break-time activity. This would be an increase to the current charge of £1, which has not been reviewed for ten years, in addition to specific activity costs or entrance fees.

Day-time and night-time

Children and young people aged 0 to 18 years would be able to access Day-time and Night-time short breaks if this is identified as a need following a social care assessment.

Short break providers

A different, more dynamic approach to commissioning providers for Break-time, Day-time and Night-time services is proposed in order to deliver a more flexible and better quality service with greater potential for choice. 


Cabinet is also being asked to agree that a consultation is undertaken on the proposed changes.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 12 March 2020.