‘Respite’ means a short break.  It is any form of service or assistance which allows you (as a parent or carer) to have sufficient and regular periods away from you caring routines or responsibilities.  The purpose of respite is to support the caring relationship and promote the health and well-being of the carer, the supported person, and other family members affected by the caring situation.  It is a big step to accept respite care for the first time, but many parents are surprised how much the child or young person enjoy their break.  Overnight respite providers have trained staff who can help with therapeutic support for your child.  It can be make a big difference to your child and your family to get overnight respite.