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Personal budgets for special educational needs

A personal budget is an amount of money identified to pay for support specified in the education health and care plan.  Parents or the young person who have requested a personal budget are involved in securing the provision.

What is a personal budget?

Personal budgets should reflect the holistic nature of an Education, Health and Care Plan and can include funding for:

  • special educational provision
  • health provision, and
  • social care provision.

The personal budget should be designed and focused to

  • secure the provision agreed in the Education, Health and Care Plan and
  • the outcomes specified in the Education, Health and Care Plan.

When can I request a personal budget?

Parents or the young person have a right to request a personal budget:

  • when the local authority has completed an education health and care needs assessment and confirmed that it will prepare an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • during a statutory review of an existing Education, Health and Care Plan.

Personal Budgets are optional for parents or the young person but local authorities are under a duty to prepare a budget when requested.

What services could I purchase through a personal budget?

Our policy on personal budgets:

  • sets out a description of the services across education, health and social care that currently lend themselves to the use of Personal Budgets
  • how that funding will be made available, and
  • clear and simple statements of eligibility criteria and the decision-making processes. 

Any questions should be discussed with your SEND Key Worker and the SEND Information Advice and Support Service - Staffordshire Family Partnership or other independent supporter

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