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Children and young people with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)

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Children with EHCPs may be eligible for a social care personal budget. That personal budget can be used to provide short breaks and/or support to children and families.

Short breaks provide opportunities such as activities and weekends away for disabled children and young people. This gives them a chance to spend time away from their primary carers. The provision of short breaks in Trafford is based on an assessment of your whole family, looking at both your personal and social needs.

More information can be found in our Short Breaks advice and information page

There is a full explanation of the process and guidance in the Parent guide.

If you have been assessed and qualify for social care support, you can contact the complex needs (children's social care) team 

Adults social care

If you are aged 18 or over and are eligible for social care support you may have this support provided through a personal budget. You can only have a personal budget if you have received an assessment which states you are eligible for support to meet your social care needs. An assessment is a discussion with you that helps us to understand what support and assistance you might need. 

To request an assessment contact the Community Screening Team.

Once your personal budget is agreed, you can start planning how to spend it. You must spend the money in accordance with your care plan or your approved support plan. As everyone is different we cannot draw up a complete list of things you can or cannot spend your personal budget on. Everyone will be judged on an individual basis as what is right for one person will not work for someone else. 

Examples of what you might be able to use your Personal Budget for are:

  • employing a Personal Assistant
  • using a homecare agency
  • short break
  • purchasing equipment
  • accessing day services and leisure activities;
  • Telecare

For more information about managing and using your personal budget, contact the Personal Budgets Team.

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