We understand that caring for a child with special educational needs and disabilities impacts the family in many different ways. That is why we support families by providing short breaks and respite care for children and young adults, giving parents and carers short breaks from full-time care and providing children and young adults with a break in a new environment.

With our short breaks and respite care, you can take a break from your caring role with the reassurance that your child will be fully supported by our dedicated and highly experienced staff. Our respite care for children offers a change of environments and new experiences, which are incredibly important for general health and wellbeing.

Our Short Breaks and Respite Care Offering

We provide short breaks and respite care for disabled children and young people aged 4-25 year with complex learning disabilities. Our short break offerings include services that support children and young adults on the edge of care.

We have two short break homes that we use to provide respite care for children with SEND: one home is registered with Ofsted for children up to the age of 19, whilst the other home is registered with the Care Quality Commission for young adults. We offer breaks from one or two nights per week or for longer periods, depending on the specific care needs of each individual.

These short breaks are the perfect solution if you’re looking for respite care for your child. Our short breaks can be accessed by children and young adults who receive their educational provision at Royal School or Royal College Manchester, or by children and young adults who access their education elsewhere.


Fully Adapted Provision

Our short break provision is fully adapted to meet the complex needs of the children and young adults placed with us.

Each of our two short break homes accommodates a maximum of 4 children or young people. Our respite SEND short breaks provide an individual bedroom, a personalised care plan and shared use of the communal living spaces with other individuals of their own age and interests.

We also provide access to a sensory room, providing a calming and relaxing environment as well as offering stimulation and enhanced learning through play.

If you’re looking at residential care as part of a placement at our school or college visit our residential care page to discover our home-from-home provision.

Recreational Activities

Our short breaks provision includes access to a full range of recreational activities, including arts and crafts, music, cooking, fabulous facilities for swimming, cycling, trampolining, an outside gym and a fully inclusive indoor fitness suite.

During our short breaks and respite care for children with special needs, our highly trained staff are on-hand at all times. During each short break, they accompany children and young adults offsite to visit local shops, the cinema, restaurants and other cultural and recreational venues.

Short breaks have such an impact on my son’s development and on family life for his sister

Seashell Parent

Children's Short Breaks Ofsted Full Inspection Report June 2021


Children's Short Breaks Statement of Purpose February 2022


Further information and reports on Short Breaks for Young Adults are available within our Young Adults' Homes Statement of Purpose and Inspection Reports

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