Making it Personal 3 (MIP3)
Although there is an understanding of how personal budgets can be used in the context of health and of social care, personal budgets as part of EHC Plans are a newer concept. As they have only been in existence since the SEND Reforms began to be implemented in September 2014, there is often a lack of awareness of what they are and their potential for giving children, young people and their families, a greater degree of control over their lives. This guidance has been written to assist local authorities (LAs), schools and other educational settings, in becoming more familiar with how personal budgets are being used, and how they might be used, as part of the change from statements to Education, Health and Care plans.
KIDS was established in 1970 by John Mulcahy, a teacher who became concerned about the development of a disabled child in one of his classes. John wanted to improve communication with this child and sought guidance from the child's mother. This in turn established the KIDS ethos of working in partnership with parents and carers to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.
Our founder had a vision and passion for disabled children back in 1970. It is with thanks to his dedication and original inspiration that KIDS' services and regions have grown into what they are today. John was determined that the charity's aims should always be based on three guiding principles: that parents should be treated as equal partners; that KIDS should work in conjunction with statutory services and that we should offer both practical and skilled support. It is an ethos that the charity still holds today.