Short Breaks

A short break (sometimes known as 'respite care') provides opportunities for children and young people to enjoy new experiences and develop relationships outside their immediate family as well as allowing the child's parent or carer to have a break from their caring obligations.

A short break can include the provision of day, evening, after-school, overnight, weekend and holiday activities for the child and can take place in the community, school, youth and voluntary settings, the child's own home, the home of an approved carer or in a residential or community setting. 

In this area you can find out about the different short breaks opportunities available and how you can access them. Some are provided by Reading Borough Council, and families will need to be assessed for their eligibility. Short breaks are also offered by many other providers and Reading Borough Council's Family Information Service can provide fuller information about these on

Reading Mencap provides a range of short breaks via its clubs click here for the link to our clubs page.

To read about the different of types of breaks available and how to access them download this pdf document: RBC Short Breaks Statement.