- What is a Personal Budget?
- Arrangements for Personal Budgets
- What is happening in Haringey?
- Personal Budget and Direct Payments for Children
Personal Budgets are designed to give children and young people and their families more control over the services they receive and how they are organised.
- More detail is contained within the Personal Budgets Policy for children and young people (0-25 years) with special education needs (PDF, 129KB) and the Personal Budget Update (PDF, 413KB).
There are four ways in which a Personal Budget can be made available to the child or young person or to the family acting on their behalf.
- A direct payment; where individuals receive the cash to contract, purchase and manage services themselves
- The Local Authority, NHS Haringey, school or college hold the funds and commissions the support specified in the plan. This is also known as a notional arrangement
- Third party arrangements whereby funds (direct payments) are paid to and managed by an individual or other organisation on behalf of the child/family of the child or young person
- A combination of the above three options
Currently Haringey can give personal budgets - via direct payments or a budget - for respite (or short breaks) and support, and for transport to and from school. In some cases where a child has complex health needs, a personal budget for care at home and school can be provided.
- More information about short breaks are available on the Short Breaks page.
We are working with families and service providers to widen the availability of personal budgets to nursing support at home for children with highly complex medical needs who receive continuing care.
Please note: this is a temporary amendment to Haringey Council’s social care direct payments policy due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and should be read in conjunction with the existing policy. This does not replace the policy - it just explains the extra flexibility that is being allowed to help support children during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Additionally: this policy is effective from 1 April 2020 and will be reviewed every two months during the current crisis (first review is due in June) until such time that it is no longer required.
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