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The Flexible Short Breaks Scheme (formerly ‘100 Hours’) provides short breaks for eligible disabled children and young people.

What breaks are available?

The short breaks can include:

  • Holiday, play and youth provision – where you use external services such as youth clubs and Saturday clubs
  • Sitting or befriending services – where someone comes into your home and spends one-to-one time with you

Who is eligible for flexible short breaks?

  • Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  • Children and young people with complex health needs.
  • Children and young people aged 11+ years with moving and handling needs requiring equipment and adaptations.
  • Children and young people where challenging behaviour is associated with other impairments (e.g. severe learning disability).
  • Young people aged 14+ years who are severely disabled.

The child/young person must not be receiving any other short break. For example Direct Payments, Residential Breaks, Contract Care, Local Authority or Health funded support.

How many breaks can I have?

If you are eligible you can have up to 100 hours of breaks over the course of a full year (April – March). For referrals after April you will be eligible for a pro-rata amount.

How do I get a flexible short break?

Telephone the Family Information Service Helpdesk on 0300 500 80 80. We’ll take some details about your situation and see what support we can offer you.

When you contact us we will check whether you would benefit from a full assessment of your needs as this could enable us to provide you with a greater range of services. However, you do not have to have an assessment to get a flexible short break.

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