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Direct Payments

Direct payments are available to people who have been assessed by social services as needing help, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them direct from the Council.  Direct payments are a way of assisting people to gain greater independence in their lives and more control over their support arrangements.

You can apply to get direct payments if: 

  • you are disabled and aged 16 or over; or
  • a parent or carer looking after a disabled child or young person.

You can read about using a personal budget, as a direct payment, to buy short breaks for your child in the new leaflet in downloads.

You can read more about Self Directed Services from Vibrance in the Brochure in downloads.

For people aged 18 and over, contact the Access Team, part of Wandsworth's Adult Social Services, on  020 8871 7707 or email Find more information on the website below.

If your child or young person is already known to the Supporting Disabled Children Service, please call the Duty Social Worker on 020 887 7192 or e mail

Who to contact



Where to go

Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
SW18 2PU
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Age Ranges
From 0 years to 17 years
17 to 24 years and 25 and over

Local Offer


What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

To use this service you can refer your child yourself, or they could to be:

  • Referred by Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Referred by the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) at your child's Special School, or 
  • In cases where the child or young person has significant disabilities, they can be referred direct to the Supporting Disabled Children Service under the Referral Eligibility Criteria

How to complain, compliment or feedback about this service, activity or provider.

For people aged over 18, contact the Access Team, part of Wandsworth Adult Social Services, on  020 8871 7707 or email Find more information on the Wandsworth Council website

Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)

Last updated: 16 Mar 2023