Information about your personal budget including where you can find support in Waltham Forest.
A personal budget is an amount of money to fund support as part of an EHC Plan. It can include money from education, health and social care.
Parents or a child with an EHC Plan, or a young person (if over the age of 16) who has an EHC Plan, can ask for a personal budget.
A personal budget can be used only on the support set out in an EHC Plan. This can include funding for the special educational, health and social care support that will help achieve the outcomes set out in the plan.
A personal budget does not cover payment for a place at the school or college, or the general provision for children and young people, including those who need SEN support.
Parents and young people can have a mixture of these arrangements.
A direct payment is given to the parent or young person for some services through a pre-paid card system which allows the family or young person to have choice and control on using the funding to purchase support to meet the outcomes in the EHC Plan.
There are different types of personal budget and you can have a personal budget even if children and young people do not have an EHC Plan but need additional support with health and social care needs.
There is a range of advice and support available for putting together a personal budget, both from the Local Authority and independent charities and organisations. Contact details can be found below.
For children and young people aged between 0 - 13 years
SEN Team - Wood Street Health Centre, 6 Linford Road, Walthamstow, E17 3LA
Telephone: 020 8496 6501/6500/6504
For young people aged between 14 – 25 years contact:
Transition Team - 30 Coleridge Road, Walthamstow, E17 6QU
Telephone: 020 8430 8473
For families requesting short-breaks for children and young people with disabilities:
Short Breaks - Juniper House, 221 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9PH
Telephone: 020 8496 3515
For any queries about the pre-paid card system:
Finance - Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 6HE
Telephone: 020 8496 4000
Waltham Forest SEND Information and Advice Service
Independent Parental Support - This support is for parents/carers of children aged: 0 - 25
For support with Direct Payments services for adults and for children’s respite packages in Waltham Forest please contact:
Reaching Out East - The North Hub, 58 Hall Lane, Chingford Mount, London, E4 8EU
Telephone: 020 8519 6369
Direct Payments Team Email: firstname.lastname@example.org