Short breaks for disabled children

Short breaks give children and young people with special education needs or disabilities (SEND) the chance to have fun and socialise away from home.

Who is eligible

Short Breaks in Leeds are available to children and young people who:

  • have a special educational need or disability
  • are aged between 0 and 18 years old
  • live in Leeds

To register your child's disability, visit our Leeds Children's Disability Register page.

Types of short breaks

In Leeds there are lots of different short breaks to give children with SEND a chance to try new experiences, have fun and make friends. They also give families the chance to enjoy a break from their caring responsibilities.

Universal clubs

Universal clubs offer children with SEND the opportunity to join sport or youth groups. Find your local group on the Leeds Local Offer.

Specialist short breaks

Specialist short breaks are for disabled children with the most complex needs. To apply your child must have a social worker. You will need to contact them and ask for an assessment.

Targeted short breaks

Targeted short breaks are for children with specific SEND needs. Short breaks include:

  • weekends away
  • holiday activity schemes
  • residential and evening activities
Who we work with

If you would like your child to take part in a targeted short break, you will need to register your interest by completing our online form.  

Register for short breaks

Find activities and short breaks

You can find all our activities and short breaks listed in our annual catalogue on the Leeds Local Offer.