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Short Breaks (Respite)

Direct Payments

Direct Payments - Children's Social Care

Temporary Changes to the Achieving for Children Short Breaks for RBWM

Direct Payments for children and young people aged 0-18 and their families for social care services are managed through RBWM's Children and Young People Disability Service. 

Direct Payments are financial payments that give families choice and control over arranging the help and support to meet the assessed care needs of their child/young person.

This means that families can employ a Support Worker or Personal Assistant to support their child or young person's care needs for example to access short break activities of their own choice.  A Support Worker could be a relative, family friend or a school teaching assistant for example.  However this can not be someone who is living as the same household as the family.

Receiving a Direct Payment means that parents/carers become the employer for their  chosen Support Worker.  This means that they will be responsible for DBS checks, Employers Liability Insurance, Payroll, managing a Direct Payment bank account and sending monthly financial returns.

Direct Payments are one way that families can choose to receive a Personal Budget for social care provision detailed in the child or young person's Education, Health and Care Plan.

Download our Direct Payment Guide 2021 - (Opens a PDF)

Access to Direct Payments is dependent on an assessment of needs completed by the Children and Young People Disability Service

Please see the eligibility criteria for the Children and Young People Disability Service.

If you would like to make a new referral for short break services, please contact the Single Point of Access Further information and request forms  are available on the RBWM Safeguarding Partnership - Early Help and Prevention section
Families who are receiving ongoing services from the Children and Young People Disability Service should enquire with them.