Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People at the John Greenwood Shipman Centre (JGS) - NHS

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Health Services
Farmbrook Court, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 8UW
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Service description:
The John Greenwood Shipman Centre is a specialist short breaks (respite care) service for children with disabilities. It can accommodate ten children (of any gender) aged 0-18 years.

The building is separated into two areas - a 4-bedded unit for children with complex behavioural needs and a 6-bedded unit for children with disabilities. There are two more beds for emergency admissions.

The unit has a kitchen, a lounge, dining areas and staff sleeping-in facilities. It also has a sensory room, a soft play area, an outside covered play area, an enclosed rear garden, a computer suite, adapted bathrooms and en-suites, and two minibuses.

Short breaks do not usually exceed more than 4 overnights in any one stay.


• Children / young people from the age of 0, up to the age of 18 years
• Children / young people from Northamptonshire
• Children / young people who need a specialist environment
• Children / young people with a dual diagnosis, such as autism (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Children / young people with physical disabilities and a related severe (or multiple) learning disability
• Children / young people with severe learning disabilities and (related) complex behaviours

For more information please call the Northamptonshire County Council referral team on 0300 126 1000.
Age range:
0 - 18 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - Early Years (0-5)
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Any Gender
  • Diagnosis
  • Location-Specific
Referral route:
  • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
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