Parent Carer Support
If you have a child with a disability it is important that you are accessing all of the benefits available to you to help you in supporting your child. The Government webpages below will provide you with eligibility criteria for certain benefits as well as how to apply for them. Follow the link below to find out if your family may be eligible for additional financial support:
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
Personal SEN Budgets
Personal SEN Budgets are essentially the ‘cashable’ amount agreed in Element 3 of a child’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The funding will help to ensure the child’s needs and learning outcomes are met, as outlined in their EHCP. These are usually managed by the Local Authority or Educational Setting, though this isn’t always the case.
Direct Payments enable family to manage budgets and funds in line with the child’s EHCP. Families are able to request a Direct Payment in order to manage a Personal SEN Budget if they wish to.
Personal Health Budgets (PHBs)
Children who are eligible for NHS Continuing Care have a ‘right to ask’ for a Personal Health Budget. This enables the family to manage the agreed funding themselves to meet the needs of their child’s long term condition.
Personal Budgets and Direct Payments can be difficult to understand and find your way through. To make things a bit easier Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with NHS Gloucestershire CCG and the Parent Carer Forum have developed a guide to budgets.
Disabled Facilities Grant
Disabled Facilities Grants are available to support individuals, including Children and Young People who are struggling with their mobility at home. The grants can offer adaptations to the home, to make them more accessible to meet the needs of the individual. Find out more about the Disabled Facilities Grant and whether your child may be eligible.