The Children and Families Act introduced the right for parents and young people to request a personal budget to deliver aspects of an EHCP. Personal budgets are typically provided where universal or targeted provision is not available to meet the child or young person’s needs. Where a personal budget is agreed for a child or young person with an EHCP, this will be set out in section J of the EHCP. Not all young people with an EHCP will meet the criteria for social care intervention from Children’s or Adult Services and it's not always possible to offer a personal budget. Where a personal budget is agreed, payments to parents, carers, the young person or his/her nominee, are made under the SEN Personal Budget Regulation (for an EHCP) and Direct Payment regulations.
Useful documents include:
- Our personal budget policy document: this sets out in detail our local arrangements for personal budgets. We want more families to be able to access personal budgets and are currently reviewing our policy.
Our Personal Budgets Guide to parent carers and young people can be read alongside Barnet’s Personal Budget Policy document.
An application for a personal budget can be made by submitting the Personal Budget Request for Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan.