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SEND Short Breaks

What is a Short Break?

Section 25 of the Children and Young People’s Act requires Local Authorities to provide a range of short breaks for families with disabled children (age 0-19yrs). Short breaks form part of a continuum of services, which support disabled children and their families.

Short breaks are provided to give:

  • Children and young people with a disability enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation;
  • Parents, carers and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities.

These breaks can include day, evening, overnight and weekend activities and can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, a residential or community setting.

They can last just a few hours to a few days, and occasionally longer, depending on the type of provision and the needs of the child and their families.

Children's Action Teams (CATs)

Children's Action Teams (CATs) in Reading are local teams providing help, guidance and support, working together with families and communities to create and achieve positive change for Reading's children and young people.

CATs work closely with schools and other services to provide family-centred support that meets a variety of needs. This can be single or multiple issues arising from the child's education, their health or other significant areas of their family life.

If you need help from the CAT's please call directly on 0118 937 6545

Outreach Team

The Outreach team is part of the Council's Children & Young People's Disability Team (CYPDT). They are able to offer children and young people with permanent and enduring disabilities a service providing activities for the child in the community. They can also undertake an activity in the family home with the young person, by agreement, enabling the parent or carer to undertake other family responsibilities.

This service is designed to be short term. Where there is a long-term need, the service will aim to link you with a voluntary or universal provider or a befriender with the Family Link Service. This service operates on a referral basis only.

For more information on this service contact the CYPDT Team Tel: 0118 937 3697

Family Link

The Reading Family Link Scheme is part of Reading Borough Council’s support services linking disabled children and their families to volunteer families or individuals who offer a variety of short-breaks for disabled children and young people on a regular basis. This may be for a few hours, one day, a weekend or longer. Services range from befriending, day care through to overnight care in the carer’s own home. This service operates on a referral basis only.

For further details Tel: 0118 937 3740

Cressingham Resource Centre

An adapted unit able to offer short-breaks, including daycare sessions, overnight stays and a Saturday Club to children and young people with complex health needs. Referral can be done via Social Services. The Centre provides services to children and young people aged 5-18 years with a learning disability and/or physical disability and who live in the Reading Borough area and whose family is significantly struggling to manage their child’s needs.

For further details Tel: 0118 937 5610

Greenslade Support Solutions

Greenslade provides a range of services for adults and children with complex needs. Services range from small packages of ad-hoc or regular support to 24-hour packages in individual group supported living environments. Anyone can access our services either through Social Services or by contacting us Greenslade direct.
For further details: Contact Greenslade, Tel: 0118 986 1135 Email: or visit:

Jigsaw Creative Care Ltd

Welcome to Jigsaw Creative Care. We are a family run business that provides professional support to adults and children who have complex and specialist support needs. We provde respite for adults with complex needs  in a specialist unit. We also provide an outreach service for children with complex needs and sitting service.

For more information please call: 0118 988 9686 Email:

Crossroads Care Reading

Crossroads Care is committed to providing practical support in the home in order to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. In providing this service to carers, Crossroads Care Reading may provide a personal care service to people with care needs (service user) and will ensure that the provision of such personal care is user lead.

Charitable object:- To relieve the stresses experienced by carers, and children and adults who have care needs as a result of disability, illness or age, by offering a respite service through the provision of community based support workers.

Tel: 0118 945 4209

Short-term breaks
We offer respite care for children and their families in Berkshire.

Children can stay for a day, a night or a weekend. We support each child to maintain their routine when they visit and also to get involved in activities – from cooking, arts and crafts, story and music time, to water play, walks and trips out in the holidays. Knowing the children are having fun in safe, caring environment allows parents or carers to take a well-deserved break, spend time with siblings or just enjoy some “me” time.

Our respite centres in the west of Berkshire are Ryeish Green Bungalow in Shinfield, Wokingham and Castle Gate in Donnington, Newbury. We also offer a home respite service.

The Trust also provides respite care for children and families in Slough, Ascot, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead.

This service is for children with the hightest health needs and requires a referral through the Health Authorities.

Contact us:
Paediatric Integrated Nursing Service
Ryeish Green Bungalow
Hyde End Lane

Tel: 0118 988 2512

Voluntary Organisations who offer Short Breaks

There are some voluntary organisations that are funded by RBC to offer short breaks.

You will also find their clubs and services advertised on relevant pages of this website.

Quick look at Short Breaks in Reading for Children & Young People with SEND
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