Section 17A of the Community Care, Services for Carers and Children’s Services (Direct Payments) (England) Regulations 2009.does give some set conditions relating to making direct payments to support disabled children.
Regulation 111 makes it clear that direct payments can be used to secure services from these people (including parents) where the local authority is ‘satisfied that securing the service from such a person is necessary…for promoting the welfare of the child in respect of whom the service is needed.’
Simply put the L.A's are permitted to make DPs to employ close family members living in the same household to provide care. The only requirement is that the local authority accepts.

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Coronavirus and Direct Payments


We work alongside with parents to ensure that the request for assessment to the final EHC plan all goes smoothly, the draft EHC plan should be issued within 14 weeks from the request for an EHC needs assessment. If the LA do not send you the draft EHC plan within this time frame, we wotk alongside to ensure greater outcomes.

However in view of the current situation  Section 42 of the Children and Families Act (CFA) 2014  currently stands, there is a legal duty for local authorities to secure and deliver special educational provision outlined within tour respected  EHC Plan.
However, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Secretary of State can modify this requirement. Local authorities are able to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to deliver the provision.


Friendly advice is our watchword and we ensure that all our customers are fully satisfied with our responses. All Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are entitled to support. We try our best to guide all our parents with the necessary support.

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A guide for Social Care service


A guide for Direct Payments


Who we are?

We are an independent service which offers advice, information and support to parents, carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) from birth to 25 and young people 16 to 25 independent of their parents. One of the main current changes for parents of children with special needs and disabilities is the Children and Families Act 2014. This Act introduced the new Education, Health and Care Plans. It gives children, young people and their parents greater choice and control over decisions regarding their future.

We provide the following services:

-Telephone advice Monday – Friday
-Advice, information and support on Education, Health and Social Care plans. (Applying for an EHC plan could be quite stressful and time-consuming. It could also be quite be an arduous task and involve a lot of emotional energy).
-Independent support for parents whose children are being assessed for an Education Health Care (EHC) plan (Once an EHC plan is agreed, your LA will create a draft plan and send you a copy. You have 15 days to comment, your local authority has 20 weeks from the date of the assessment to give you the final EHC plan).
-Independent support for young people who are being assessed for EHC plan

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