In Control, in partnership with KIDS, the Office for Public
Management (OPM), the Family and Childcare Trust and the National
Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) has launched a
series of guides on personalisation and personal budgets.
The guides, have been part of the 'Making it Personal: 2'
programme of work which has been funded by the Department of
The organisations involved have worked alongside a number of
local voluntary and statutory providers, groups of parents/carers,
disabled children and young people and commissioners to develop
The work builds on the first Making it Personal project.
The resources will support those affected by the special
education needs and disability (SEND) reforms which came into force
in September 2014. They aim to provide a greater understanding of
the opportunities and challenges resulting from the reforms. The
material is also relevant for those who do not have access to a
personal budget as they contain important information about Local
- Guidance for providers on how to become personal
- Extended guidance for families on personal budgets
and direct payments
- Refreshed guidance for commissioners of educaton,
health and social care services
- New guidance for Family Information Services to
ensure they are equipped to support families identifying the range
of services available to them all under one roof
- Brand new case studies illustrating real-life
exampes of how the reforms can work positively for all
- A new, free e-learning suite to explain the
changes in simple, easy to digest modules
- A new zone on the Knowledge Hub for commissioners
to share expertise
All of the above can be accessed on the KIDS website at
A number of supporting workshops will take place nationally
between October 2014 and March 2015. Contact coe@Kids.org.uk for
Commenting on the resources, Children and Families Minister
Edward Timpson, said: "I'm proud we've sponsored these fantastic
resources which will complement our SEND reforms.
"Children, young people and their families will now be at the
centre of a more simple, joined-up system that provides the support
"We're committed to helping families get the best information
possible about the new system that will help young people with SEND
from birth to 25."