This two-day course will give family members an understanding of
self-directed support and personal budgets and will help them to
plan a better future for their family.
The course will:
- help parents and relatives of disabled children under 18 to
understand self-directed support and personal budgets
- ensure that the voices of children and families are at the
centre of decisions being taken about their future
- support families to learn new skills and ways of planning for
- encourage peer support between families
In the government's Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration; a new
approach to SEN and disability' there is a clear commitment to
extend the use of personal budgets and 30 children's services will
become pathfinders for this work from autumn. Much of this work is
based on the original government-funded individual budget pilot
sites and on In Control's own developmental work.
In Control has been supporting children's services over the past
five years to introduce personal budgets and self-directed support.
The key to this success has been working directly with families and
sharing and developing skills in support planning and budget
This course will support families who are looking to take up a
personal budget and will allow them to explore what's involved. The
course will also ensure that the commissioning children's service
will be able to draw on a well informed and skilled group of family
members as they introduce personal budgets for more children and
Over the two days the course will cover:
- why things are the way they are
- what personal budgets and self-directed support is
- how to make the most of existing skills, knowledge and
- what the opportunities and challenges are
- how to make a good plan - managing the support plan and
- visions for the future
There will be a maximum of 25 participants who will be parents and
relatives of disabled children under 18. A strong values base of
inclusion and equality will underpin the programme.
The course will be led by the most respected family leadership
facilitator in the country, Lynne Elwell and she will be supported
by other experienced and skilled family members. We will also
endeavour to include local contacts to ensure that we start to
build an active and vibrant network of family members and
The two-day programme costs £1500. Please note this excludes venue
hire, travel expenses and VAT.
Find out more….
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