Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Coronavirus update - Short Break schemes

Following the latest Government advice to stay at home, most of the Short Breaks schemes are now closed until further notice.

We are working with providers to find ways that we can continue to support children and families, focussing on those with the greatest needs. At the moment, services are very limited.

If your child has an allocated social worker, they will be able to provide further information.

Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children funds voluntary organisations and SEND schools to provide short break services, including after school clubs, holiday schemes, home-care and more.

Our short breaks leaflet (PDF) explains more and answers the most frequently asked questions.

Surrey Children's Disability Register (SCDR)

The SCDR is a voluntary register for children and young people with a disability or impairment, aged 0-18 years and living in Surrey. The register helps us plan and monitor services and also operates as a contact list to provide regular information and consultation about short break opportunities, funded by Surrey County Council, through the Surrey Short Breaks for Disabled Children Team.

Max Card

This is a FREE card which allows families with children currently registered on the SCDR to access various activities around the country at a discounted rate. The scheme is also open to new registrations so anyone interested in receiving a Max Card should register using the details above. Once registered, families will automatically receive the discount card in the post.

Parent Carer break grant

These payments can be made to support parent carers who have a disabled child under 18 living in Surrey who are not currently receiving services from Surrey County Council children's services or have a social worker.

Parents cannot apply directly themselves, but anyone working with a family can apply on your behalf - such as the local carers support workers, Action for Carers Surrey team, or any professional working with you and your child e.g. teachers and Home School Link workers, nurses and health visitors, Children's Centre managers, Early Years Support co-ordinators etc.

A completed Early Help Assessment or Carers Support assessment is required in order to access this grant.

Parent Carer break grants can be used as flexibly as possible to allow parent/carers to identify what best may support them. Examples of previous grants have been used by families to fund or contribute to family holidays, short breaks for parents, training courses for parents, including driving lessons, contributions towards play activities, days out, and in some cases, equipment to help you as a parent carer.

The payment is up to the value of £300 per annum.

For more information, contact the Surrey short breaks team:

  • Telephone: 01372 832896
  • Email:

Surrey Domiciliary Care Service

The Surrey Domiciliary Care Service is a responsive service based within the Children's Service and takes referrals from the social workers of the Children with Disabilities teams East and West. The service covers the whole county and aims to provide support either within the home to enable parents/carers to have a break from their caring duties or within the community to enable a child to access leisure activities.

The last Inspection report is can be viewed at the bottom of the page.

Your feedback on Surrey short breaks

If you want to get in touch with feedback or suggestions, contact the Surrey short breaks team:

  • Telephone: 01372 832896
  • Email:

Family Voice Surrey - A parents' forum

Family Voice Surrey is a forum for parents of children with disabilities and SEN to come together to get their voice heard and influence the development of services for their children. The committee meet regularly to discuss issues of concern and to feed this into ongoing discussions with those who provide services in Surrey to children with disabilities such as Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey and voluntary organisations. For more information:

  • Telephone: 01372 705708
  • Email:

The committee is always interested in hearing from parents that would like to get involved. Please call to find out future committee meeting dates.

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