Support for families with disabled children

There's lots of support and benefits available for families with a child who has a disability or additional need.

If your child has a disability, a significant or long term health condition, special educational needs, or any additional need, there are a range of support groups and benefits available that can help you and your child. 

If you have any questions on any aspect of children's disability and special needs, no matter what the query is, please give us a call and we will do all we can to help.

Support and benefits 

Aiming High for Disabled Children Newsletter

The latest Aiming High for disabled children newsletter has information for families with disabled children and young people in Barnsley.

Short breaks

Local authorities have a duty to provide families with disabled children with short breaks from caring, to support them to continue to care for their children at home, and allowing them to do this as well as possible.  A range of breaks have to be provided during the day, at night, at weekends and during the school holidays, in the child's home and elsewhere. Barnsley's Short Break Services Statement for parents and carers gives information about:

  • the range of short break services provided in the local area
  • how eligibility for short break services will be assessed and
  • how the range of services are designed to meet the needs of parents and carers in the area.

There is also a summary version of the Short Break Services Statement.

Short breaks for disabled children are provided to give children and young people enjoyable experiences away from their families.

Access to childcare grant

The disabled children's access to childcare grant (DCATCH) is for registered childcare settings who need help to enable access for any disabled child.