Disabled Children’s Direct Payments Team (DPT)

The Disabled Children’s Direct Payments Team is based at the Lough Rd Centre.

The team works closely with the Disabled Children’s Social Work Team (DCT) and the Disabled Children’s Family Support and Reviewing Team (FSRT) to set up child in need Support Plans and Personal Budgets for Children with Disabilities.

The Direct Payments Team works alongside families and professionals using a strength based approach to implement individualised support plans for Disabled children and young people to meet assessed needs.

The team also helps to implement personal budgets by setting up direct payments for social care, health and education.

Support is provided by 2 Support Planners based in the Disabled Children Social Work Team and a Direct Payments Advisor based at Lough Road Centre. There is also a Direct Payments Manager, Finance Monitoring Officer and Finance officer who oversee invoicing, issuing Pre-Paid Cards and ensuring that Personal Budgets and Direct payments are monitored.

Information and advice for professionals and families to manage personal budgets:

  • Information about Children with Disabilities Personal Budgets

  • Information and advice about Children with Disabilities Direct Payment arrangements

  • Advice with recruiting and managing Direct Payment Personal Assistants and Support Workers for Children with Disabilities

  • Support and advice with Personal Budget financial monitoring.

Who to contact

020 7527 7263 020 7527 7263


Lough Road Centre, 61-71
Lough Road
N7 8FF

Time / date details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Other Details

Who is this service for?
Children and Young People aged 5 to 18 years with a disability who have been assessed as needing support by Social Care, Health or Education and a personal budget is required
Can I refer myself?
Referral not required
Referral Details

People who are interested in finding out about direct payments for children should contact the Disabled Children’s Social Work Team (DCT)  on 020 7527 3366. Families can also be referred by the Short Breaks Service on 020 7527 5590.

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