Personal Budgets

SEND Personal BudgetsThe conference sector has been kept busy this past two years with the rapid pace of the SEND Reforms, from the announcement of the SEND Green Paper in March 2011, through to Royal Assent for the Children and Families Act in March 2014.

Personal Budgets have long been a feature of the reforms but remain shrouded in mystery and a source of unease. In order for one group of stakeholders – parents, carers and young people – to have more choice and control over the services they use, and to have the option of a Personal Budget, another group – early years, schools and other educational settings, must relinquish that hold on the control of services.

In a round of conference speaking engagements earlier this year, I have spoken about Personal Budgets, often incorporated into a whole day focus on the SEND Reforms, the Local Offer, Education Health and Care Plans and the revised SEN Code of Practice.

See below for a link to the full conference presentation.

Aspects of Personal Budgets that have emerged as key challenges from the pathfinder projects and other forums are detailed as follows -

Key challenges ahead

Key Opportunities ahead

News Updates

Check in here often for updates as new support packages are developed by the SEND pathfinders and further information is released. Do also search through the resources and links below.

Resources & Useful Links

SEND Pathfinder
http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/pftestingareas/personalbudgets/

In Control – Dept for Education – Support and Aspiration – Introducing Personal Budgets, October 2013
http://www.sqw.co.uk/files/6813/8711/4970/Support_and_Aspiration_Personal_Budgets.pdf

SEND Pathfinder – Dept for Education – Dept for Health
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/pftestingareas/personalbudgets/

Devon SEND Pathfinder
http://www.devonsendpathfinder.info/personal-budgets/

HM Stack Consulting – Personal Budgets, SEN Leader Conferences – Feb – March 2014.
http://hmstack.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/on-send-reforms-personal-budgets-and-choice-and-control/

HM Stack Wordpress – On SEND reforms, personal budgets and choice and control
http://hmstack.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/on-send-reforms-personal-budgets-and-choice-and-control/

Together for Short Lives – charity for all children with life threatening or life limiting conditions
http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/professionals/projects/send_project/about_send_reform

http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/news/4363_briefings_to_help_services_prepare_for_send_personal_budgets