The impacts of short break provision on disabled children and families: an international literature review

Janet Robertson, Chris Hatton, Eric Emerson, Emma Wells, Michelle Collins, Susanne Langer, Victoria Welch

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Abstract

For over 30 years, short breaks have been part of the landscape of support provision for families with a disabled child. Historically, the term ‘respite care’ has been used in much of the research literature concerning short breaks for families with a disabled child. However, ‘short breaks’ has become the preferred term, partly due to the negative connotations of family carers requiring ‘respite’ from their children, and partly because short breaks now encompass a much wider range of supports than out-of-home placement in specialist residential facilities (Cramer and Carlin, 2008). As such, the term ‘short breaks’ will be used throughout this review, with the exception of direct quotes from research studies where the term ‘respite’ is used by study participants or study authors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDfE Publications Website
Number of pages86
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • short break provision
  • short breaks
  • disabled children
  • families
  • looked after children

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Robertson, J., Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Wells, E., Collins, M., Langer, S., & Welch, V. (2010). The impacts of short break provision on disabled children and families: an international literature review.