Short Breaks: An Introduction

Written by Steve BroachDate 30 Jun 2015

This article by barrister Steve Broach is part of a series on short breaks commissioned by the Short Breaks Partnership.

In this first article he talks about the glaring gap in the legal scheme supposed to benefit disabled children and their families, which is the absence of any clear right to Short Break care. Short Breaks at home or in the community must be provided to a disabled child under section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 when they are necessary to meet that child’s needs. However the 1970 Act is not specific in any way about Short Breaks, and residential Short Breaks are excluded from its reach.