A direct payment is a payment paid to families/carers to provide care instead of Children’s Services providing the care directly. Direct payments give you more choice and control over how support services are provided.
These Direct Payments should not be confused with direct payments for benefit, which are paid via the Department of Work and Pensions.
If you are awarded Direct Payments you will need to be able to manage the Direct Payment alone or with help from friends or relatives. Independent support and advice can be provided from the Direct Payment providers such as Ideal for All, Local Support Team, and People Plus.
For parents and carers looking to recruit a Personal Assistant (PA) using direct payments please visit our Family Information Service Directory.