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Direct Payments

Direct Payments are a way of arranging services for disabled children and their families.  A person with parental responsibility for a disabled child is given money to pay for services instead of the local authority arranging them on their behalf.  A parent can use direct payments to employ a person to support and care for a child as an overnight or day carer, a sitter, or to support the child at a community activity.  A parent/carer can also use direct payments to buy into a local service, e.g. residential short breaks, sitting service, a placement at a day nursery or after-school club. A child should be assessed as needing a service and the amount of money which is allocated through direct payments will be equivalent to the cost of that service if it was run by the local council.

Who to contact

Telephone
Via Adult Care Trust 01803 219700
Website
www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/practicalsupport/Pages/Directpayments.aspx