Direct payments can be made to parents or other carers with parental responsibility for a disabled child or young person. Young people aged 16 years or over can receive a direct payment in their own right. (An assessment would need to be carried out to ensure the young person had the capacity to manage the direct payment.)
To be eligible for direct payments, the child or young person must be eligible for support from children’s social care.
If the local authority agrees that your child is eligible for support, you and your family have the right to receive some or all of this support through a direct payment. However, the local authority cannot insist that a family has a direct payment – it is your choice.
Please note: You cannot receive a short break service (including direct payments) AND the Short Break Grant for the same child. If your child is eligible for both, you will have to make a choice. More information about the Short Break Grant.