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.
- KIDS - A Parents Guide to Personal Budgets: an easy-to-use handbook that provides lots of information about personal budgets.