Short Breaks Consultation

Parent's Forum

Cheshire West and Chester has launched a consultation on the draft Short Breaks Commissioning Strategy - an engagement exercise to give everyone the chance to share ideas about proposed changes to the way we offer short breaks for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and we would like to hear your views.


What are short breaks?

Short breaks give SEND children the chance to have time away from their families, make new friends and have fun, and enable parents and carers to have a break from their caring role.

The full proposed ‘Short Breaks Commissioning Strategy’ is available to read on the Council’s website: Cheshire West and Chester


How to take part

You can take part in the consultation and share your views on how short breaks could be delivered in the future. 

There are several ways you can get involved and share your views:

  • Complete an online questionnaire at Short Breaks Consultation
  • Request a paper version or easy read version by calling 0300 123 8123
  • Email your views to:
  • Write to: Short Breaks Strategy Consultation, Peoples Commissioning and Contracts, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Floor 2, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE


COVID-19 restrictions currently prohibit face to face engagement. However, we are running virtual focus groups and offering telephone discussions. Dates and times are available at Short Breaks Consultation.

Please email: or telephone the Council’s contact centre on 0300 123 8123 quoting ‘Short Breaks Strategy Consultation’ to register your interest in a focus group.

Your views will only be used to help inform the development of the proposed Short Breaks Commissioning Strategy.

Consultation will be close Sunday 15th November 2020.