Every child’s or young person‘s needs are unique as should be the care package they receive. A personal budget gives children, parents/carers and young people more control to design their own tailor-made package of care. After all who knows what a child or young person needs better than the family themselves!
Any child or young person entitled to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan can request a personal budget. Some of this may be suitable for a direct payment giving the family the funding direct to pay for the services they think will best deliver the outcomes agreed in the EHC plan.
Families will be supported to plan how to use their personal budget, and if direct payment is an agreed option, will be helped to complete a support plan. Doing this will give the family reassurance that they are spending appropriately.
The attached policy provides further details on personal budgets including eligibility, what funding is included, how it is managed including direct payment, the support plan, what it can be spent on, how it will be monitored and what happens if there is a disagreement. There is also support for parent/carers and young people.