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Personal budgets from children's social care:

Personal budgets from Social Care (Children’s aged 0-18)


In Hackney, families who have been assessed by the Disabled Children Service or Children Social Care teams who have identified needs for additional support are able to get a support package that can be taken through Direct Payments or with an approved provider.


In Hackney Disabled Children’s Services use a social model and not a deficit model to assess families who need additional support. The amount of money allocated for this is worked out through a social work assessment. In Hackney we assess using a Child and Family Assessment tool then we calculate the level of support needed to meet the child’s needs using a RAS (Resource Allocation System) to get an indicative budget (this is a guide amount).


Care Packages:


A care package is provided from a budget personal or managed budget. 

Care packages could include the following:


  • personal care - including help with washing, dressing and eating meals
  • one to one personal care assistants
  • short-term breaks (respite care)
  • day time activities
  • commissioned services from approved agencies
  • Overnight Short Breaks
  • Social activities for those who need more support than can be accessed through Short breaks



A Care Package is intended to meet these needs in any way as long as it meets the child’s outcomes identified in their plan (usually called a Child in need Plan).


Parents have the option to receive a Care Package as a Direct Payment.


Find out more about direct payments here….




Through a framework of approved care providers see in the download section to the side of this page.



Individual Budgets:


Some families who receive Short Breaks have a Personal Budget described as an Individual Budget. This is a cash value sum they can use to achieve the outcome they want for their child from social and leisure activities. You can access the SHORT BREAKS website here for further information.


Evidence of how it has been spent to benefit their child of young person must be provided to continue to be eligible for an Individual Budget



What is the role of social care professionals?


Social workers and other care staff play a number of roles in the process of agreeing a personal budget:



Decision-making – helping children and young people decide whether a direct payment or managed personal budget is right for them.


Assessment and resource allocation – assessing your needs and allocating a budget to meet them, based on a RAS resource allocation system.


Risk management and enablement – helping children and young people manage risks in their lives and regarding their care and support, supporting them to take appropriate risks that help them become more independent.


Support planning and brokerage – drawing up a support plan in partnership with a parent child, or young person, and providing information on or sourcing services to implement the support plan (brokerage).


Review – keeping a child or young person’s support needs under review to ensure they are successfully met.


Who do I contact if I want to know more?


For children 0 – 18


Children and young people’s access and assessment service


Children’s Services Assessment – Common Assessment Framework


For adults 18 - 25


Hackney’s Social Care Information and Assessment Team


Hackney’s Learning Disabilities Service




Also see…


Independent Supporters from SENDIAGS


Independent Supporters from KIDS




Other useful organisations:


Preparing for adulthood


In control


NHS choices personal budgets page






Related pages…

What is a Personal Budget?

Personal Health Budgets


Personal Budgets for Education


Personal Budgets from Adult Social Care


Personal Budgets for Transport



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