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Providing short breaks full time

Teenage boy with Down Syndrome claps his hand to his face, laughing

Are you considering a new career that can make a huge difference?

If you have experience of caring for disabled children or working in health, social care or education, providing short breaks for disabled children could be for you.

What are the children like?

The children present with challenging behaviour, autism or complex medical needs.

The payment for this work reflects the complex needs of the children and young people and the skill level you need to meet their needs.

Who can provide short breaks full time?

You'll need to be able to provide short breaks in your home for either 3 or 5 nights, 48 weeks per year.

The generous payment and allowance lets you transfer your current skills and experience to this role.

If you want to become a full-time short break carer, we'll assess your suitability. You must be in good health and have safeguarding checks.

What support can I have?

We'll give you considerable support to help you manage the children you care for.

  • As a vital member of the professional team caring for a child, you'll receive extensive training to develop your skills.
  • If children need special medication or care routines, we'll give you specialist training.
  • You'll go to support group meetings with other carers and a supervising social worker. The social worker will also see you at home regularly.

What is the payment for providing short breaks full time?

You'll receive:

  • £485 a week plus £52 per night for five-night placements
  • £300 a week plus £52 per night for three-night placements

Once you're approved to provide short breaks full time, you will also receive your fee during any times when you do not have a child staying with you.

Ask about becoming a full-time short breaks carer

or to talk to our friendly recruitment team call 0800 801 530



“It's so rewarding. We can’t wait to meet the children we are matched with and be part of their lives.” — Michelle, foster carer