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Short Break Care

Short breaks can give families a rest from caring and give children and young people the chance to meet other people and have fun in a safe, friendly environment.

It is our vision and priority that all children (disabled and non-disabled) will be able to attend play, leisure, sports, arts and other activities in their local communities. We aim to support organisations and groups offering these services, to ensure that staff are well trained and confident to look after disabled children.

When needed, we aim to support individual children to enable them to attend activities of their choice.

For those children who require more specialist short break care services, we will do an assessment to ensure that they receive the most suitable services to meet their needs.

Short break care services include:

  • Community activities
  • Support in the family home
  • Short break foster care
  • Short break residential care
  • Youth groups
  • Holiday play schemes
  • Before and after school clubs
  • Childminders
  • Day nurseries

Short break care groups and activities

There are a number of activities for children and young people with a disability which can be found in the ‘Things to Do’ section, some of these are funded by Salford City Council and will have the Local Offer badge.  If any other organisations would like to promote their activities for children and young people with a disability on the Local Offer, then please email

Please always call the organisation before attending a group and particularly at the current time, as organisations will be making changing to delivery dates and times,  group sizes etc. as they work within the developing Covid 19 guidelines.

Short break care eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for short break care services for disabled children in Salford has recently been updated. This can be viewed by downloading the document on this page. A summary table is provided on the eligibility criteria page, which provides a clear overview of the different levels of need and support services available to families.