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Social Care & Short Breaks

Manchester City Council provides a range of Short Break services for disabled children and young people with Special Educational Needs, rare disorders and chronic medical conditions age 0 - 17 years inclusive.

What is a short break?

A short break can range from an activity which lasts an hour or two through to a few days away from home, and includes day, evening, overnight, weekend and holiday activities. These activities provide a positive experience for the child as well as giving parents and carers a break from their caring duties.

Is there an eligibility criteria?

Yes, the attached Matrix of Need is used to identify eligibility for short breaks (see useful downloads).

How do I apply?

New referrals

If the child has never been in receipt of a Short Break, you can request a referral to the Specialist Resource Team for a Short Break assessment.

Parents can self-refer calling the Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001.

Professionals refer to the Contact Centre on using the MSCB Safeguarding Children Referral Form (see useful downloads)


If a child is already in receipt of a targeted short break, families can attend a local offer drop in for a review or to make a change to the existing short break (service or payment).

If you need advice on how to proceed, contact the Specialist Resource Team on 0161 219 2125 for guidance.