West Berkshire Council

Short Breaks Fostering and Respite Care

Offering families a break from caring, while their child enjoys spending time with a short break carer

The Short Break Carers Scheme is available to families who have a child with a learning and/or physical disability living at home. The service aims to provide support to these families.

Children and their families benefit from the short breaks scheme. By being linked to a short break care family who will 'share the care' by having the child to visit or stay with them for a day, a weekend, or longer on a regular basis in return for sessional payments from Children and Families Services. 

Short Break Carers can be single or married, with or without children, who want to help children and young people with a disability. You don't need special qualifications, although you will want to learn and take part in training provided.

Short break care can:

  • provide a child with the opportunity to make new friends and time to spend with their own special carer who they know and trust
  • provide the birth family with time to relax and recharge their batteries
  • give Short Break carers a chance to share their family life with another child - carers often talk about the benefits that the scheme brings to their own family life

How do I become a Short Break carer?

In the first instance please contact the Family Placement Team by filling in the online enquiry form..

If you have a child with special needs or disabilities but are not currently receiving any services from Children & Families, contact the Referral & Assessment Team.

If you already have contact with the SEN and Disabled Children's Team, please get in touch with them directly.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Family Placement Team

01635 503155