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Short breaks foster care

Short breaks give children and young people with physical and/or learning disabilities the chance to:

  • Take part in activities
  • Explore new opportunities
  • Form friendships
  • Become more independent

They also provide respite for the child or young person's family.

Disabled children and young people thrive when they are in a familiar environment and develop strong relationships. This means that short breaks foster carers often care for the same child or young person on a regular basis.

Being a short breaks foster carer is a long-term commitment, and matching children with the right carer is important.

Fees for short breaks foster care

  • Overnight care: £117 per night (or £78 per carer if two carers are needed to provide two-to-one care)
  • Daytime only care: £10.20 per hour (for a maximum of ten hours per day)
  • Attending child-focused specialist training: £10.20 per hour

Children who need foster care

Why children might need foster care and the type of support different children will need

See more (Go to Children who need foster care)

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