The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 provided councils with the duty to offer Direct Payments to parents of disabled children and disabled young people aged 16 and 17, who have been assessed as being in need of services. Direct Payments are payments that are paid by the Council to the parent or carer of a disabled child, or to a disabled young person up to 18 years of age and give more flexibility in how services are provided to people who are assessed as eligible for Social Services support.
People who use Direct Payments enjoy the flexibility and choice that Direct Payments can bring. They can decide what sort of help they need, how they want the help to be provided and the times when they want to have the help
Direct Payments can be used to:
- Employ a Personal Assistant to provide care and support and, for example, to accompany the child or young person to social or leisure activities.
- Buy services from support agencies - to support personal care or as a sitting service.
- Pay for short breaks with registered childcare providers.
- Facilitate access to social groups.
This page was last updated on: 24/01/2018