There are a number of different forms of respite or short breaks which may be available for families of children with exceptional health care needs. local authority or voluntary sector specialist residential units; home support services (e.g. from Crossroads – you can contact your local branch here); holiday playschemes (often run at special schools); local authority and voluntary sector short breaks (e.g. Shared Care Scotland family based schemes) which has a list on their website; befriending schemes; day care; provision within supported housing; holidays (with care and support) for users; arrangements where the carer and the dependent relative/friend remain together. The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a charity that provides hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Following an assessment of need (a Section 23) a social worker should be able to advise the family on access to respite.