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Short Breaks for Families of Disabled Children

Short Breaks for Families of Disabled Children is about transforming services for disabled children and their families. “The vision is for all families of disabled children to have the support they need to live ordinary lives”.

In April 2011 the break for carers of disabled children regulation 2010 came into force, which meant local authorities:

  • Have a duty of care to make provision
  • Identify the type of services which must be provided
  • Produce a Short Break Statement to set out its intentions

The link for Hartlepool’s current Short Break Service Statement:


Are you a parent or carer of a child with additional needs or disabilities?

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person aged between 0 – 18 years, the local authority in partnership with the Parent Led Forum (1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future), has developed a number of short break provisions to support families to have a break from caring without the needs of a social care assessment taking place.

In addition to provision, the following is also offered to support parents and carers:

Free Text Messaging Service

This service can provide you with instant messages about:

  • Opportunities for short breaks
  • Forthcoming activities and events
  • Training opportunities
  • Changes that are made to existing services
  • Services available by other organisations
  • New services developed
  • Changes to benefits
  • Updates on the parent led forum

To subscribe to the free text messaging service please email childrenshub@hartlepool.gov.uk or call 01429 284284.


1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future

Hartlepool’s Parent Led Forum for families of children with disabilities additional needs

1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future is the recognised Parent Carer Forum (PCF) for Hartlepool and was established in 2008.

This is a group of parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabled children aged 0 – 25 who work alongside the local authority, education, health service and other service providers to make sure they plan, commission, deliver and monitor the needs of children and families.

The group does this through active parent participation and ensuring parents have a voice.

As a Forum it works closely with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Short Break Lead to identify areas in which families feel short breaks could benefit them, whether this be a residential to Carlton Outdoors to after school activities.

1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future believes it is important to enable families of children with SEN and Disabilities to live a fulfilling active life.

The forum has a number of social and recreational opportunities where the whole family can go along to meet other families in similar situations.  They also hold cake and cuppa mornings with guest speakers.

The group works closely with many other services to enable the reduction in isolation to families in Hartlepool and help increase resilient parents

If you want to register with the group and be part of contributing and shaping services in the future or to find out what’s going on, you can either contact the group by writing and sending your query to:

1 Hart 1 Mind 1 Future

Or contact them by using either the contact number, email address below or joining their Face Book page

Tel: 07896 054361

Email: HartMindFuture@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.onefuture.org.uk

Or find them on Face Book - 1 Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future Group Forum

Accessible Changing Places

Did you know there are at least 5 accessible changing facilities for families of disabled children to access? These facilities can be found in the following locations:

  • The Central Library on York Road, Hartlepool. You need to be registered to access this facility and can do so by contacting the Central Library staff team on: 01429 272905
  • The One Life Centre on Park Road, Hartlepool also has an accessible changing place as part of its services to people of Hartlepool
  • Mill House Leisure Centre, Raby Road, Hartlepool
  • National Musuem Royal Navy, Hartlepool ( External Building adjacent to Asda)
  • Coronation Drive, Seaton Carew

All changing facilities are accessible by the use of a RADAR Key. If you do not have a key, you can obtain one from the Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool Tel No: 01429 266522 or check out the website: www.hartlepool.gov.uk

Who to contact:

Telephone: 01429 284284

Email: tracy.liveras@hartlepool.gov.uk

Venue Address: Civic Centre,

Victoria Road,


TS24 8AY

Provision Types

U - Universal services are available to all children & young people and can be accessed without an assessment.

T - Targeted services are for children & young people who may need additional support to access services, or may need groups or services that are specifically designed to meet their needs. Some targeted provision can be accessed directly with or without an assessment.

S - Specialist services are for children & young people with severe and/or complex needs who are likely to require even more support than is available either through universal or targeted services. This service will require an assessment of need.