Getting started (Pack A)
Direct payments offer a more flexible way of meeting the assessed support needs and outcomes for your child and your family. They give you the power to choose more innovative ways of achieving your agreed outcomes.
The page contains some important information which may help you when deciding how you are going to spend your direct payments. Additional help and advice is available from your local Direct Payments Advisor, so please contact them if you have any questions about spending your money or any other issues about services you may be thinking about or have already chosen to buy.
Your Direct Payments Agreement
On accepting direct payments you will enter into an agreement with the Local Authority to use your direct payments solely for the purpose of achieving the agreed outcomes in your child’s Child In Need plan (CIN plan) and will be responsible for providing an account of how the money received has been spent. Your direct payments may be affected if you don’t stick to this agreement.
How to spend your money and meet agreed outcomes
You should have agreed in principle how you intend to spend your direct payments. We don’t expect you to be able to explain every last penny in advance but you will need to outline how you plan to budget your money.
It is very important that your direct payments expenditure falls in line with the outcomes agreed in your CIN plan. With your social worker, you will draw up and agree a Direct Payment Support Plan that will provide important information and a basis upon which you can measure and review how this is being achieved.
If you have any questions about this, speak to the person who did you assessment and completed your Child In Need plan.
Direct Payments Advisor, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN
Telephone: 01472 326292 option 3, option 1
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays