Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Education, Health and Care Plan - Personal Budgets (NCC)


Type of service:
Local Government Department
Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1ED
Telephone number:
01604 367125
Service description:
A personal budget is used to deliver the support and outcomes, as specified in the child/young person’s Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. It can give flexibility to how resources are used, enabling parents and young people to have greater choice and control over the services they require.

The Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will offer a personal budget for aspects of the provision outlined in it, if parents or young people wish it and are eligible. Discussion about personal budgets can be held once an agreement to assess has been made. The request can be made at the Draft Plan stage, or when an Education, Health and Care Plan is being reviewed/ re-assessed.


Learners aged 0-25 years who have an EHC Plan and who need High Needs funding to meet their needs in education. High Needs funding is also called ‘Element 3’.

Social Care

Children and young people are eligible when they need support beyond targeted and universal services. They need funding beyond this to meet the Children and Young People’s Plan priorities of being “Safe, Equal and Achieving” and their families require additional funding to get a reasonable short break. How children are assessed for eligibility is set out in detail on the webpages at

Making Children Safer Thresholds document


From October 2014 families of children eligible for Continuing Care (CC) as defined by the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Continuing Care will have a “right to have” a personal health budget. In the case of children this refers to the element of their care package that would normally be provided by the NHS once they become CC eligible and not the elements of their package provided by social care or education.
Information from NHS England about Personal Health Budgets can be found at:health Care Budgets
Information on Direct payments for health care can be found within the document Guidance on Direct Payments for Healthcare:

For advice and support with securing a personal budget, please contact:


Leaflets, application forms, and more information can be found in the 'Articles and Information' tab on the Local Offer website.
Age range:
0 - 25 years
Opening hours:
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Referral route:
  • Professional referral
  • Social Care
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