At Seashell we know that short breaks from caring for your child with  complex learning difficulties and disabilities benefit the whole family.  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.  Children will benefit from a change of environment and new experiences which are incredibly important for general health and wellbeing.  

What We Offer

We provide short breaks for children and young people aged 4-25 year with complex learning disabilities, including services that support children and young people on the edge of care. 

We have two short break homes – 1 registered with Ofsted for children up to the age of 19 and 1 registered with the Care Quality Commission for young adults.  We offer breaks from one or two nights per week or for longer periods, depending upon specific care needs.  This includes provision of short breaks throughout the school and public holidays.  

Our short breaks can be accessed by children and young people who receive their educational provision at Royal School or Royal College Manchester or by children and young people who access their education elsewhere.


Fully Adapted

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

Each of our two short breaks homes accommodate a maximum of 4 children or young people.  All children and young people placed with us for short breaks have their own bedroom, a personalized care plan and share their communal living with others of their own aged 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.  

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, outside gym and fully inclusive indoor fitness suite.  

Our highly trained staff are on-hand at all times and will accompany children and young people off site 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




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