Over the past eight years we have gathered considerable evidence
of the positive impact personalisation and personal budgets can
have on family life.
These improved outcomes can be seen at the individual child and
family, operational and strategic levels.
We are committed to providing further evidence of the
impact greater choice and control can have and are delighted that
the DfE has awarded us grant funding for the next two years to
develop a new tool for use in children's services that will provide
us with a much needed national benchmark of the impact personal
budgets have on families' lives. You can find out more information
about POET for children's services here.
In addition we have produced a range of case studies in
partnership with KIDS demonstrating impact at the individual child
and family level including for the DfE's
The personalisation agenda, including the use of personal
budgets, changes the relationship between operational teams and
families. Conversations become more positive and dynamic as
families and operational teams move to a position of greater
transparency and trust. See for example
Making a big difference - Introducing individual budgets and
self-directed support to disabled children and their families in
At the strategic level we are seeing how some local areas are
taking a system-wide approach to personalising services.
Gloucestershire County Council, for example, developed a 10-year
commissioning plan which includes the commitment to enable young
people and parents to have as much control as possible over the
support they use. This plan included, for example, ensuring
equitable and robust resource allocation systems.
Members may access Gloucestershire's Commissioning
Strategy in the Programme Member Zone.
Non-members should contact In Control's Programme Lead, Nic
Crosby or their regional lead.