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Health and social care

Becoming a Community Short Breaks Carer

Community Short Breaks provide workers who support disabled children and young people with a range of disabilities within their local community, to involve them in leisure and social activities.


  • look after children within the child’s own home
  • support children alongside their families
  • take children out into the community
  • take children out to the child's chosen activities
  • offer support when families and children most need it such as evenings, weekends and school holidays

Work as Short Breaks Carer

We are interested in hearing from people with previous experience of working with disabled children and young people. Working as a Community Short Breaks Worker provides an opportunity to develop your skills. We're also interested in hearing from you if you've never worked as a carer before, but would like to gain experience in supporting disabled children and young people.

The Community Short Breaks service is looking for individuals who;

  • has excellent communication skills, a proactive approach and enthusiasm
  • has some experience of working with children and young people
  • has some knowledge of safeguarding and child protection
  • is a creative and thoughtful individual
  • is able to work alone or as part of a team according to the child’s needs
  • is willing to work within family homes or in the community
  • ideally has some experience of working with disabled young people.

The majority of the work available for community short breaks workers is over evenings, weekends and school holidays due to the needs of children and their families. This is a paid role in which expenses are covered

Work with York help us recruit Community Short Breaks Carers, and offer a range of social work and social care placements with us.

Also see

Community Short Breaks

Children's Social Care

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA