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Personal Budgets

What is a Personal Budget?

A personal budget is one of the ways of giving you more choice and control about the way your child is supported.

Sometimes the money being spent on services can be freed up and used in different, more creative ways to meet your child’s needs.

It may mean that you can organise your own services and be given money to do that in a process called Direct Payments.

Anything that you use it for must meet the child or young person’s assessed health, education and social care needs.

If you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) your EHCP or key worker in nursery, school or college will discuss this with you so that we can agree what is best.

Who can apply for a personal budget?

Personal Budgets will be available where children and young people are eligible for an EHC Plan, Social Care services, because they are disabled or in receipt of Continuing Healthcare and it forms part of the EHC Plan

What can a personal budget be spent on?

Personal budgets could cover things like eligible social care need ( personal care, short breaks), transport to and from school and healthcare services where the child has very complex continuing care needs. It can also be used in some cases to provide some activities that support learning in school/ college where this is agreed with the school/college.

Personal Budgets are not used for the cost of school places or help that is available to all pupils known as universal services.

For further information refer to the following documents:

Thurrock Council and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group Personal Budget Policy.

Direct Payments, Disabled Children and Young People. Policy, Practice and guidance.

Or contact Thurrock SEN services at

SEN@thurrock.gov.uk

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