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4.1.2 Direct Payments

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Contents

  1. What are Direct Payments?
  2. Who can Get Direct Payments?
  3. How Often are Direct Payments Made?
  4. What is the Process?
  5. Direct Payments Can be Spent on Employing a Personal Assistant (PA)
  6. Direct Payments Can also be Spent On
  7. Direct Payments Can Not be Spent On
  8. What are the Benefits of Direct Payments


1. What are Direct Payments?

A Direct Payment is money given to parents/carers or young people, by the authority, to enable them to buy in support that is assessed as being needed, instead of the authority providing that support through their own services. Direct Payments do not affect benefits.


2. Who can get Direct Payments?

Those who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for disabled children's services and are:-

  • Parents of a disabled child under 18;
  • Disabled young people (16-18).


3. How Often are Direct Payments Made?

Direct Payments are paid in advance into a bank or building society account specifically set up for this purpose, as a one off payment or on a fortnightly basis. If the direct payment is assessed as being needed at key times e.g. school holidays, then payment will be made accordingly.


4. What is the Process?

  • The child and/or family's needs are first assessed by a Social Worker from the Disabled Children's social work team;
  • As well as completing an Assessment of Need, they will also make an assessment as to whether the parent/carer or young person is willing and able to administer direct payments, with appropriate support being provided;
  • The Social Worker will then present a request to the Team Managers who will decide whether Direct Payments are the most appropriate option to meet the need and how the funds should be allocated;
  • Once agreed, the Social Worker will contact the parent or carer to explain how the scheme works and draw up a 'Letter of Agreement' with you, and initiate your direct payments with the finance team. The Social Worker will also contact Shaw Trust Employment Support Agency who will discuss with parent /carer the need for PA recruitment;
  • A Direct Payments Adviser will then visit to explain in detail the responsibilities of the recipient of the direct payment as an employer and will continue to give on-going support and advice as required.


5. Direct Payments Can be Spent on Employing a Personal Assistant (PA)

  • To take the young person/child into the community to access an activity, support inclusion, going to a club etc;
  • To work with the child directly within the home, to give parents and siblings a break;
  • To stay overnight to give respite to parents;
  • Or a registered childminder or child home carer (for children aged under 8).


6. Direct Payments Can also be Spent On

  • Using an approved agency to provide direct care to meet the child/family's needs;
  • Support to access after school clubs and holiday play schemes for your disabled child;
  • Residential overnight breaks for the disabled child;
  • By agreement with the Team Manager for direct payments, any service which meets the assessed need for a short break.


7. Direct Payments Can Not be Spent On

  • Employing someone without Disclosure and Barring Service and CPR checks or references (check legal basis);
  • Any services already provided by the council.


8. What are the Benefits of Direct Payments?

Direct Payments allow parents and young people greater choice flexibility and control, to employ their own workers at times convenient to them and in the way they wish, to provide an individual service to meet their needs.

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