These are the answers to the questions raised at the workshop. 1) Families that don't meet the disabilities criteria have similar challenges as those that do meet the criteria - how do those families go about employing a PA through a personal budget? Personal Budgets are available for those with eligible need. The eligibility is set out in the East Sussex County Council website. This also outlines services that might be appropriate and available to families with disabled children who do not meet the criteria to receive a personal budget. 2) Why are families still being told that personal budgets in East Sussex was just a trial, or that they cannot be accessed in certain areas of the County? Please can this stop as it's not the case. The Resource Allocation System that is linked to personal budgets is new to children’s services and has been developed through a number of trials of different kinds of cases. The trials have recently ended and a version of the Resource Allocation System and support plan agreed. This will be built into our electronic recording and finance systems and families currently in receipt of funded services that do not yet have a personal budget will need to convert to a new support plan and personal budget by the end of March 2018. There is no part of the county that cannot use personal budgets, however there are areas where families have found it difficult to recruit PA. 3) Is the short break for the child / young person or for the family? The website has a description of short breaks as well as examples and a short breaks service statement which might prove useful to refer to. For families that have an assessment completed by a social worker the short breaks will be linked to the assessed needs and outcomes to be achieved which will be different for each family.
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