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Respite care and short breaks


We know that looking after children with a range of special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) can be exhausting for parents/carers and you may sometimes feel like you need a short break 'time out' from your caring role.

We are keeping our short breaks under review in line with guidance and needs of families.

Contact us to share your views with us.

Short breaks statement

This is our short breaks statement and it explains how we support parents and carers to get a break from caring. It describes the kinds of short breaks that are available and how to get access to them.

Contact us
Commissioning
03000 266 837
Our address is:
  • Adult and Health Services
  • Durham County Council
  • 2/56-70, County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UG