A personal budget is one of the ways of giving children, young people and their families more choice and control about the way they are being supported. Sometimes the money being spent on services can be freed up and used in different, more creative ways to meet the needs of child or young person.
If an EHC plan is agreed, the family will have the opportunity to request a personal budget through their SEN Officer (or EHCP Coordinator). However families may also be eligible for a personal budget if they have social care involvement, if the child or young person is disabled or in receipt of Continuing Healthcare.
A personal budget could cover a range of things like eligible social care needs, transport to and from school and healthcare services.
A personal budget cannot be used to cover costs of school places, therapeutic services and preventative/early help social care services.
Please see the leaflet below for more information on Personal Budgets.