How to Apply for a Short Break

Families can access specialist short breaks through the self-referral process.  You can contact the short break coordinator on 0207 364 1450 or via email to short.breaks@towerhamlets.gov.uk and request a self –referral document.

The age criteria for each of the specialist short breaks may differ although generally children must be aged 5 years or over.

We recognise however that children and families require different levels of support and so those requiring more than one short break or overnight specialist services can request this via a Social Care Single Care Assessment.

Families requesting direct payments as their short break will also need to undergo a social care assessment.

Once completed, the self-referral should be returned to the Short Breaks Co-ordinator once completed. Support with the completion of the self-referral is also available through the Co-ordinator along with help with accessing services.

The self-referral form can be downloaded from the Tower Hamlets website or a hard copy obtained by contacting the Co-ordinator on 020 7364 1450. Self-referrals can be submitted electronically to short.breaks@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Tower Hamlets Short Break Leaflet