Targeted Short Breaks (TSB) allowance scheme for SEND children

Our short breaks allowance scheme is aimed at children with special educational needs and disabilities who require extra support to take part in leisure activities out in the community.

The funding will be uploaded directly on to a card account, which you use like a bank/debit card, to pay for your chosen activities.

Who can apply?

If your child has an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP) which shows that they are on Special Educational Needs (SEN) Tariff D or above, your child is automatically eligible for TSB Allowance. You can apply online and a card will be sent out and funding loaded onto it.

If your child does not have an EHC Plan or does but is on tariff A to C and you feel they need extra support to take part in activities in the community, you are still able to apply for the TSB Allowance.

In this situation you will be able to apply as a special circumstance. We will ask you to provide us with as much extra information as you have, such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA ) confirmation, and reports from professionals. The Children with Disabilities Team will look at these applications and we will inform you of a decision promptly.

Apply for the TSB allowance

Apply online for the TSB allowance

What the allowance can be used for

The TSB allowance is to help children with special educational needs and disabilities to take part in leisure activities whilst allowing the person/s that care for them to have a short break.

It can be spent on a wide range of things. Read more about what the TSB allowance can and cannot be used for.

Spend is monitored and audited so we ask that you keep hold of receipts and proof of purchase for audit purposes.

Fraud prevention privacy notice

If you apply for the TSB allowance, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment. View further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, on our Fraud prevention privacy notice.

Short Breaks team contact details

Telephone: 01432 260123

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