New event - Support & Aspiration - where do personal budgets fit?

A national two-day event to explore how personal budgets for children fit in with the Department for Education's (DfE) 'Support and Aspiration' work will take place on the 8 and 9 November.

This established event, now in its fifth year will give delegates an opportunity to hear from all those taking forward work commissioned by the DfE as part of delivering 'Support and Aspiration; A New Approach for SEN and Disability'.

The challenge for all is to see how all the different pieces of work link together and where personal budgets across social care, SEN and health fit in as part of what can only be described as 'whole system' change.
Representatives from the teams taking this work forward, Pathways to Adulthood, Early Support and Key Working, Short Breaks and Support and Challenge to Pathfinders will attend and will share their early thoughts on the work they are undertaking over the next 18 months.  This will provide delegates with a great overview of the whole programme and a chance to take part in discussions on how personal budgets fit in with the change agenda.  Alongside this we will also be inviting a number of our member children's services to talk about their work and their plans.

The two days will consist of focused workshop sessions, and to ensure delegates make the most of this opportunity, we're limiting the total number of places to 50.

There will also be a number of networking opportunities available enabling participants to share experience and knowledge.

Who should attend?

The event is relevant for all those who will be involved in delivering personalised services to children and families such as local authority children's services, provider organisations, charities and not-for-profits.

Each Children's programme member has two free places available as part of their programme subscription inclduing up to two nights accommodation.

A limited number of places are also available for non-members at a rate of £350 plus VAT, which includes accommodation for up to two nights and meals.


With only a limited number of places available we advise you to book early.  To secure your place, please download the booking form or contact us on 01564 821 650 or email

Previous events

We held a very successful conference in early July 'Everything you need to know about personal budgets for children and families'.  Presentations from the event are now available here.

The Children's programme

In Control has been working with children's services since 2007.  Over the past five years we have worked with over 45 services supporting them in taking the first steps to introduce and roll out personal budgets for disabled children and their families.  Part of the membership includes three workshops per year where we offer a lot of specialist input, guest speakers and a great chance to network and meet others engaged in the same work across the country.  These events have always been well attended with many members attending every year.  The workshops complement the on-site support we also offer to our members.

Personal budgets have been given a high profile recently and with the Government's Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration: A new approach to SEN and disabilities' there has been a significant increase in enquiries from children's services and a major rise in support being sought by our exisiting programme membership.

Find out more information about In Control's Children's programme on these pages or email Nic Crosby.


Last Updated : 12 September 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.