Help for children with disabilities

We work in partnership with children, young people, families and other agencies to meet the needs of children and young people with disabilities by organising and providing a wide range of support and services.

Mainstream/Universal Support

We always respond to families according to their need. We aim to support our mainstream services to ensure they are accessible to as many as possible. Where this is not possible because of a child’s needs or severity of condition, we offer targeted Short Breaks.

To find out about the mainstream activities available to all children in Knowsley see our Places to go, things to do website.

Targeted Support

Our short breaks service aims to give parents or carers of a child or young person with a disability a break from their caring role. It also enables the child or young person to join in with fun activities and swim sessions that they could not ordinarily enjoy.

Our Short Breaks Duty Statement gives more information on eligibility and how to access our short breaks if mainstream activities have been unsuccessful for your child.

Please note, as at 9 May 2018, our short-breaks provider is currently progressing registration with Ofsted.  Until registration has been completed, children under the age of eight years of age can access up to two hours of provision.  This two hour limit will be lifted once the registration process has been completed and this is expected to be completed over the next few months.  Provision for children aged eight years and above is not affected.  

Our Early Help Children with Disabilities team can offer advice and support to families with a child with a disability. You can contact them on 0151 443 5085/5086 or email them at shortbreaks@knowsley.gov.uk. This team is also the first point of contact for anything you wish to discuss about a child or young person with a disability.

Our short breaks provision is part of a wider network of services and support available to parents and carers of children with disabilities and special educational needs (SEND) called the Local Offer.

Short breaks for 15 to 19-year-olds

Our services for 15 to 19-year-olds are aimed at encouraging young people to socialise independently, as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy activities experienced by other young people.These include trips to the cinema, restaurants, bowling, or shopping. Where appropiate, we will provide travel training. We also support young people to attend mainstream youth clubs or activities, or specialist disability provision, including sports and games sessions.

Specialist Support

Specialist support is provided by Children’s Social Care. If your child or young person is assessed as eligible for specialist services, a supporting package of care may be created to meet your child and family’s individual needs. You may also be given the option to receive a direct payment to purchase the support for your child yourself, in line with your child’s assessed need and care plan.

Consultation Feedback

A consultation with parents, carers and also with children and young people around short breaks in Knowsley provided us with lots of feedback which has helped us commission and deliver short break services for children and young people.

Please see below for the full consultation feedback

Short Breaks Grants

Small grants are available to help develop peer support and bespoke activities for children with disabilities and their families.

Summer 2018 Round of Applications

The new round of short breaks grants is now open.  If you wish to apply for a short breaks grant in the this round, please read the eligibility criteria and guidance notes carefully and submit your application using the application form below.  The closing date for this round of applications will be Friday 15th June 2018.