Home Education and children Special educational needs and disability Money matters Direct Payments for disabled children and young people Direct Payments is one way of managing the money you get for your child's care and needs. What direct payments areYou can choose to get money to buy the help you need instead of having it organised by us. This money is given to you in the form of payments paid directly into a bank account.You can also get direct payments in your own right if you are a disabled young person aged 16 and over and if you are able to manage your payments alone or with help.You'll need to open a seperate bank account for the direct payments. This must be kept seperate from your personal bank account and you must provide bank statements to us when we ask for them.You can add your own money to this account if you want to buy additional services.We will pay your direct payment into this bank account every 28 days.Who can get direct paymentsYou and the disabled child or young person must live in LeicestershireYou must have an assessment of your needs and the child or young person’s needs completed by a social care workerYou must be able to manage a direct payment with or without helpYou are a parent or carer of a disabled child or young personYou are a disabled young person aged 16 and over living in Leicestershire. You have had an assessment of your needs done by a social care worker and you are able to manage direct payments on your own or with help.How you can use direct paymentsYou can use your direct payments for:personal careovernight or daytime short breakssupport to access leisure or community activitiesa combination of theseWhat you can't use your direct payments for:buying services from us or any other local authorityemploying someone who lives with youpaying for health care services including equipment that the NHS provides - for example vaccination or immunisation, health screening, NHS health checks, as well as services that are provided by your GP, prescriptions and dental charges.equipment and adaptations available through the Disabled Facilities Grant. long-term residential careresidential educationany services that are not part of your child’s assessed needshousehold expensespaying for childcare, so a parent or carer can workYour responsibilities as an employer If you use your direct payments to employ a personal assistant (PA) to meet the needs of your child, you’ll have certain responsibilities for anyone you employ.You’ll be given advice from a children’s direct payment adviser with this.This will include:accessing advice on tax and national insurancehelp with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checksas well as other issues to help you manage your responsibilities as an employer.Find out more about:workplace pension contributionsyour responsibilities when you employ someone in your own homerecruiting and employing a personal assistanttax and paying a personal assistant How to get a direct paymentIf your child is already getting help from us and you’d like to change to direct payments, speak to your child’s social worker. If your child is not receiving services from us Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.