Direct Payments for Children and Young People
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
In response to the Covid19 situation, and further to the Department of Health and Social Care guidance published on 21.04.2020, we have provided updated information. This includes:
- Covid-19 testing for personal assistants
- payment to personal assistants
- the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme).
This information is for guidance only and legal advice should be taken.
The Department of Health and Social Care issued guidance on 21.04.2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Q&A for people receiving a personal budget or personal health budget.
What are direct payments?
Direct payments are payments that are paid to the parent or carer of a disabled child, or to a disabled young person up to 18 years of age. It enables them to either: arrange and pay for their own support and services or to receive support from an independent sector provider.
Direct payments will allow you to employ your own staff to provide care and support for your child or young person, instead of receiving assistance arranged from Cornwall Council.
A Direct payment can offer greater choice and control over how you manage your child’s needs and can provide increased independence for a young disabled person.
There is no charge involved in choosing direct payments and your entitlement to benefits will not be affected.
Who can receive direct payments?
Anyone who has parental responsibility for a disabled child or young disabled person aged up to 18; and
Where an assessment has been undertaken by a social care worker, confirming there is an identified need and that additional social care intervention is required to meet those needs. The Direct payment provision will be included in the Child Plan.
What can direct payments be used for?
Direct payments can be used to purchase a service or support that meets the identified assessed needs of disabled children and young people; this may be over a specified period of time or as a one-off payment.
Some families choose to employ a personal assistant to provide care and support; this may for example, enable your child or young person to access activities, or increase their independence, as detailed in their most recent Child Plan.
Direct payments can also be used for accessing short breaks, if this has been identified as an assessed need.
You have a responsibility to ensure that the Direct payment funds are spent only on the needs identified in the child or young person’s Child Plan.
The Child Plan will be reviewed at regular intervals where there is a change in need or change in circumstances. This may mean that direct payments would increase, decrease or cease. You should let your social care worker know if your child or young person’s needs have changed.
How are direct payments accessed?
An assessment of need is undertaken by a social worker. If your child or young person is eligible for social care support or services, a direct payment is one way of meeting the needs that have been identified.
If you choose direct payments, Cornwall Council has a duty to make sure that the service safeguards and promotes the welfare of your child or young person.
The Council will make the arrangements, and meet the costs for personal assistants to follow the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking process.
If you are the parent/carer of a disabled child and you would like an assessment, please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 1231 116.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Education, Health and Social Care
Personalisation Support Team
39 Penwinnick Road
- PL25 5DR
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Age ranges
- From 0 years to 17 years 11 months
- Referral required
- Referral details
A professional social worker can make a referral following a statutory assessment of need. Please call the Multi Agency Referral Unit on 0300 1231 116 in the first instance.
- How we make our service inclusive
How we make our service inclusive
- Ensuring staff training is kept up to date
- Being flexible where possible to fit in with family circumstances
- Using translators where required
- Signposting to outside impartial support
- Liaising with other support services
- Support and advice provided in the family home
- Staff SEND experience
Staff SEN experience
Our workers have significant experience of supporting the families of children with a wide range of additional and complex needs
- How our service supports providers / schools / colleges
Our workers are always available to provide information and advice to school and college staff
- Support at key transition points
How our service supports families
Our workers have significant experience of supporting the families of children at key transition points
- Other local or national support
Other local or national support
- The Family Information Service
- Cornwall Early Help Hub
- Cornwall Early Support Team
- Cornwall Disabled Children Support Workers
- Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
• Contact the person you are concerned about and try to resolve the differences directly
• Contact the line manager of the person if you wish to make a complaint
• Contact Yvette Yates, manager of the Disabled Children and Therapy Service
• Follow the Cornwall Council complaints and compliments process
Last updated: 10/09/2020