As of September 2014 families and young people with Special Educational Needs are able to request a Personal Budget. The Personal Budget is comprised of education, health and social care elements and families now have the opportunity to formally request a budget with a view to redistributing funds to better meet the needs of the child or young person.

 

Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) provides a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Brokerage Service across Richmond and Kingston.  KCIL have brokers available to support families to broker their budget and develop a support plan. We will also support with implementation and employment support.

Top Up (Element 3) refers to education funding in a mainstream school.  Where a child has special educational needs, the school will receive additional money to meet these needs. Some children will have higher needs normally requiring individualised support and will receive further funding to meet the cost of these needs. It is this element that could be made available as a personal budget.  Funds that are delegated to schools and colleges will not normally be in scope for inclusion in a personal budget, unless the institution has previously agreed to this. Personal budgets must not be used to fund a school place.

​From April 2014 any child or young person receiving NHS funded Continuing Healthcare had the right to ask for a Personal Health Budget, and now has the right to have a Personal Health Budget.  This right to request a Personal Budget was also extended to children and young people with an Education, Health and Social Care Plan or their parents under the Children and Families Bill 2014 (Clause 48) with effect from September 2014.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for Personal Health Budgets (opens a link on the NHS England website)

Direct Payments are already offered for some Social Care support services.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for Social Care support services (opens a pdf document)

Personal Budgets Checklist for Eligibility Criteria (Word doc)

Personal Budgets Direct Payment Agreement (Word doc)

 
A resource has been created by SEND Family voices working with AfC and representatives from Health, Social Care, Schools, Early Years and Post 16 to create a complete set of guidance documents relating to “Support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)”. The resource is nicknamed the “Golden Binder”.  Every school SENCo and special school in Richmond and Kingston should have a copy, as well as all key professionals involved with the EHCP process. The resource relating to Personal Budgets can be downloaded here: 

Golden Binder Chapter 9 - Personal Budgets (pdf)

Personal Budgets Guide for Parents and Carers (pdf)

Personal Budgets Guide for Professionals (pdf)

A presentation/briefing about Personal Budgets (pdf)

Evaluation of Personal Budget Brokerage Service

KCIL SEND Brokerage End of Year Report (opens a pdf)

KCIL is looking to receive feedback about the SEND Brokerage service.

If you are a service user who has asked for general advice and would like to give feedback please:

Feedback on the Survey Monkey site (opens an external website)

If you are a user who has accessed a Personal Budget please: 

Feedback on the Survey Monkey site (opens an external website)

If you have any further questions or wish to apply for a Personal Budget you can contact the SEND Team or the Personal Budget Broker below.

Joanna Aleksy
Operations Manager
Kingston Centre for Independent Living
Tel: 020 8481 1442
Email: Joanna.aleksy@kcil.org.uk