Short breaks and personal budgets

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On this page parent carer forums will find resources looking at ways to improve short breaks services for families who want to pay for them using their personal budget.


In this issue of the bulletin:

  • Short breaks and personal budgets, by Steve Broach.
  • SENDirect on why take up of personal budgets is so low.
  • Together for Short Lives on personal budgets for life-limiting conditions.

Download this edition of the short breaks bulletin [PDF].


  •  ‘Increasing choice and control’ – Contact a Family case study.

This short breaks case study from Middlesbrough talks about parent carer forum, Parents4Change, who have developed positive working relationships with council officers, local politicians and Members of Parliament.

Read the full case study.

  • ‘Made to measure: pooling personal budgets’ – Action for Children case study.

Made to Measure was a two-year pilot run in Trafford and Plymouth established to address the challenges of individual parents seeking to purchase services using their personal budgets. The aim was to increase choice and control for families of disabled children by increasing their influence on market development and the provision of services that meet the needs of their children.

Read the full case study.

  • ‘How commissioners can support the use of personal budgets for meaningful short breaks’ – Council for Disabled Children case study.

This case study looks at practice examples from areas across England where personal budgets are being used by families to access short breaks and how commissioners are working together across services and with families to design and deliver effective personalised support.

Read the full case study.

  • ‘Putting the views of disabled young people into action’ – KIDS case study.

KIDS project Make it Personal (MIP3) has been working
with groups of young people across three regions to form
Young Peoples Engagement Groups (YPEGs). These groups
have looked at the personal budgets and in particular how
education budgets can help them reach their aspirations
and goals. 

Read the full case study.


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