Social services Fostering: give a disabled child a short break

Families of children with a disability need a break now and then. Parents may want to spend time with their other children or each other. They need to know their child is happy and well cared for.

A disabled child who has a break from their family can widen their horizons, make new friends and experience new activities. It encourages their independence.

Flexible arrangement 

Giving a child a break can be a flexible arrangement to fit around your daily life. Short-break care can include overnight stays or day care at the weekend, during the week or in the holidays. 

Children with disabilities, like all children, respond to love, care and rewarding activities. We need people who have the time, energy and a genuine desire to help. You don’t need special qualifications or previous experience. 

As a short-break carer you will get:

  • specialist training, and enhanced payments for new skills
  • expert support from a social worker and the chance get together with other carers
  • things like beds, bedding and safety equipment


You must be an approved Manchester foster carer to give a disabled child a short break. 

  • If you are already a Manchester foster carer
    • Contact your supervising social worker. 
  • If you are NOT a Manchester foster carer
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