Short Breaks

What are Short Breaks?

A short break is a planned break from the routine of caring for a child or young person. It is intended to give the carer a break from caring and the child/young person the opportunity to experience new or different opportunities.

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

Local authorities have legal duties to provide breaks for carers and disabled children. Nottinghamshire’s Short Breaks are for disabled children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years old.  The service is intended to be for families who cannot use general services which are available to everyone.

To find more information about Nottinghamshire’s Short Break service, whether you are eligible, and to begin the online application process, go to the Local Offer, here: 


There are two teams in the Short Break service- the Assessment and Review team and the Commissioning Team.

If you have a specific question about a current Short Break allocation or assessment you should contact the Short break Assessment and Review Team. Please email

They aim to respond within 5 working days.


If you have a specific question about:

  • A current Short Break provider
  • Change to an existing package of support
  • Direct Payments
  • Pre-payment card
  • Audit of a Direct Payment

then you should contact the Short Break Commissioning Team by emailing

They aim to respond within 5 working days.