There may be words or terms you hear when talking about short breaks. Here we explain some of them:


How we identify the needs of your child and your family.


Young people who volunteer to join a young person who is disabled on an activity.


Family-based shared care (short break fostering).

CAF Common Assessment Framework

The universal early help assessment format.

Carer's assessment

Specific questions for carers asked as part of the assessment for your child and family. 

Community nurses

Nurses provided by the NHS Trust (for behaviour that challenges and complex health needs).

Continuing healthcare

NHS-funded healthcare for children with complex medical, behavioural and communication needs.

CWAD team

The children who are disabled teams, social care, social work and occupational therapy teams.

Direct payment

Where you as a parent manage your child's care instead of local authority services.

Domiciliary care

Care for your child that's provided by an agency, usually in your child's home.

Extended services

Extended school provision like youth clubs or after school clubs. 

Home support

Support provided by the local authority in the carer's own home.


A place that offers care for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Lily's Place

A short-stay residential home provided by Diverse Abilities.


What the result of providing the resources should be.

Residential care

A place where your child stays overnight with other children.

Service type

The services available to meet the specified outcomes. 


Day care provided by Diverse Abilities.

Staff training

How staff are given the skills required to meet the needs and provide the outcomes expected.

Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) to identify how outcomes for the child are to be met.

Youth clubs

Existing inclusive youth clubs and new youth clubs for children who are disabled.

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