Dragon Square Specialist Short Break Service

Service name

Dragon Square Specialist Short Break Service

Main contact number

0300 123 1535 (ext 6568)

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
4 & 5 Dragon Square
ST5 7HL – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours


About the service

This is a specialist service for children and young people (aged 4-19 years), with a diagnosed severe learning disability and additional complex health needs, which require Registered Nursing Care whilst the child is away from home. These needs may either include severe and significant challenging behaviour, which could not be managed in other respite settings, or medical/physical conditions requiring regular and frequent nursing interventions.

Children and young people accessing the service will reside in North Staffordshire i.e. Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire Moorlands.

The service provides planned short breaks usually overnight, of varying duration, dependent upon assessment of individual needs, which provides respite for parents and families from the demands of their caring roles.

The service is based in a six-bedded unit at Unit 4 and 5 Dragon Square, Chesterton, Stoke on Trent.

Referral criteria

Referrals are made via a Joint Multi Agency Respite Resource Panel if the child lives in Staffordshire, and the Multi Agency Short Breaks Forum in Stoke on Trent. This is coordinated and chaired by local authority social care services. Referrals can be made to this panel by professionals involved with the child/young person and their family, but usually by the social worker.


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