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KIDS Direct Short Breaks

KIDS is a leading disabled children’s charity that has been in existence for over 40 years; there is no other national organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.

Along with other services we provide, we deliver well over 50,000 hours of short breaks each year to disabled children and young people.

We currently cover the following local authorities:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Birmingham
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Ealing
  • Derbyshire
  • Dudley
  • Hampshire
  • Harrow
  • Hounslow
  • Northamptonshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Solihull
  • Staffordshire
  • Sutton
  • Surrey
  • Walsall

KIDS Direct Short Break staff

We employ over 18s, who are often studying for care related qualifications at college or university. All Short Break Workers are fully DSB checked and will undertake a minimum level of training with KIDS prior to taking on the role. This is complemented with continued support and supervision and opportunities for continued training leading to accredited qualifications.

All Short Break Workers will have had:

  • A face to face interview
  • An enhanced DBS check
  • References taken and verified
  • Training on Child protection and safeguarding
  • All the necessary training from Health and Safety and responding to emergencies to confidentiality and information sharing

And will:

  • Keep a reflective diary of how they have applied their learning
  • Be supervised by a KIDS local supervisor who will carry out observation in practice

For more information on KIDS please visit their website:

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Action for Children

For over 20 years, Action for children have been providing short breaks services to disabled children and their families.

We offer community-based breaks, family-based breaks or support in your own home. It's about the child and what they want to do. They can choose to do the same thing or something different each time they see us.

It's an opportunity for disabled children to have fun, gain independence, learn and develop. While families get to take a much needed break from their 24-hour caring.

Every disabled child and their family should have the right to short breaks. We're here to help make that happen, by offering flexible, accessible, and relevant services.

For more information short breaks from Action for Children please see their website: Action for Children - Short Breaks

For more information on Action for Children in general please visit their website: