Like all children, children who have SEN and disabilities benefit from opportunities to take part in activities outside the home where they can mix with other children, develop their social skills and independence and pursue their interests.
This might include after school clubs, holiday clubs, weekend activities, youth clubs, outdoor activities etc. Children may wish to join mainstream activities or they may benefit from taking part in specialist activities with other children who have similar needs. Families who are caring for a child with a disability may also benefit from having some time off from their caring responsibilities.
When children with SEN and disabilities take part in such activities these are sometimes known as “short breaks”. All Local Authorities are required to make sure there is a suitable range of “short breaks” opportunities in their area and to have a Short Breaks Statement. Short breaks activities might be provided by voluntary organisations, schools or private providers.