Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures Manual

3.8.2 Direct Payment Policy


This chapter details how direct payment may be made available for parents of disabled children, young disabled people aged 16 and 17 and young carers aged 16 and 17.


  1. Aim
  2. Policy Objectives
  3. Key Actions
  4. Policy Links

1. Aim

To give disabled children, young people and their parents/carers more control over their own lives by providing direct payments as an alternative to direct service delivery. Direct payments give people the opportunity to decide who, when and how services are delivered increasing their independence and choice.

To extend direct payments to over 16s who do not have the capacity to consent to the making of direct payments. Previously when reaching their majority a young person who could not consent to the making of direct payments would have to revert to direct services. This policy updates legislation around this area and gives advice to parents/carers/social workers on how direct payments are affected when a child or young person moves into adulthood.

2. Policy Objectives

  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of Disabled Children and Young people;
  • To offer flexibility to look beyond "off the peg service solutions";
  • To increase opportunities for independence and social inclusion;
  • To give disabled Children and Young People more control over their own lives;
  • To assist Parents/Carers in a more flexible way to continue in their caring role, maintain their own health and well-being and achieve a positive balance between their caring role and their own leisure, training and work activities;
  • To enhance a young person's transition in to adult life by allowing increasing control over choices of how care is delivered;
  • To allow those without the mental capacity to consent to have access to the same opportunities for independence once they reach adulthood;
  • Statutory requirements will be met by the implementation of a direct Payments policy and procedure guide;
  • All direct payment requests will be considered according to the three pathways.

3. Key Actions

  • The Resource Panel will ensure direct payments are considered for all eligible children and parents/carers presented to the panel;
  • Direct Payments will be discussed with all current service users who meet the eligibility criteria;
  • Information on direct payments will be given to all disabled young people and their parents/carers at the point of assessment;
  • Assessments will be needs led and be via a CAF/Single Assessment, dependent on the level of provision identified. This will include an assessment of the service user's ability to manage direct payments;
  • Direct payments look to increase quality of lives rather than preventing the deterioration of lives;
  • Direct Payments will be allocated via the credit system, unless paid in lieu of a service under the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act (1970);
  • Direct Payments will be considered as part of a young persons transition planning;
  • Parents will be offered as a matter of course a carers assessment, as part of a holistic assessment under the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families;
  • Support will be offered via the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire direct payments support service. And via the Children's Direct Payments Officer;
  • Direct Payment arrangements over 100 hours per year will be the subject of statutory reviews as per the department's reviewing policy for Children in Need;
  • Transitions team will encourage young people to take on parts of their own directs payments in an attempt to increase their skills ready for adulthood.

4. Policy Links

Direct Payments - Arranging Your Own Care and Services (Directgov, now archived).

The Community Care, Services for Carers and Children's Services (Direct Payments) (England) Regulations 2009 No. 1887.