Making it Personal:2

Making it Personal 2 (MIP2) was developed by KIDS from the initial Making it Personal (MIP) project funded by the Department for Education.  The initial Making it Personal project aimed to provide support and advice for parents and carers of disabled children and young people, along with commissioners around the subject of personalisation and personal budgets.

MIP2 is the result of a consortium led by KIDS and involving the Office for Public Management (OPM), In Control, Family and Childcare Trust and the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS). MIP2 partners worked alongside a number of local voluntary and statutory providers, groups of parents/carers, disabled children and young people and commissioners with an aim of building on the original MIP project to provide a suite of resources aimed at a wide ranging audience.

These resources will support those affected by the SEND reforms brought into force in September 2014 to gain a greater understanding of the changes and the impact these changes will have on the lives of families of disabled children and young disabled people.
Personal budgets

An aim of MIP2 is to inform providers and families of the changes that have taken place as part of the SEND reforms and the opportunities and challenges these will bring; as well as exploring the changes necessary for providers to be ready for personal budgets.

The information and support available to commissioners of education, health and social care services has been extended to support their readiness for personal budgets. Work also took place with Families Information Services to ensure they were given guidance on how to share the new information and their responsibilities under the Children and Families Act 2014.

Local offer

Although the focus of Making it Personal:2 is on personal budgets, it was also important to look at how the local offer is being used to support disabled children who do not have access to a personal budget.

Pooled Budgets

A combined/pooled budget pilot project was also carried out as part of the MIP2 project.

The aim of the pilot was to test whether it was possible for families to work together and share the financial responsibility for ‘commissioning services’ for an element or elements of their personal budget. With families’ permission, we sought to record how combined/pooled budgets could work in practice and use any learning that resulted to inform the MIP2 resources and guidance documents being developed.

A report of our findings from the pilot can be found here, along with three case studies from some of those who took part.

Pooled budget pilot report
Case study 1
Case study 2
Case study 3

ResourcesAll of this has been achieved by delivering the following:

  • For providers: guidance on how to become personal budget ready
  • For families: extended guidance on personal budgets and direct payments  
  • For commissioners of education, health and social care services: refreshed guidance  
  • For Family Information Services: new guidance to ensure that they are equipped to support families by identifying the range of services available to them under the local offer
  • Brand new case studies illustrating real life examples of how the reforms can work positively for all
  • New eLearning suite has been developed to explain the changes in simple, easy to digest modules. Users can create a free account (please note that by creating an account, you are agreeing to complete a short survey on the effectiveness of the resources, this will be emailed to you by our external evaluators SQW)
  • Zone on the Knowledge Hub for commissioners to share expertise
  • Pilot work with families of disabled children who wish to pool/combine their personal budgets to buy services, with SEND pathfinder support

Further resources:

We hope you will share these free resources as widely as possible with anyone who may find them useful.

SQW is conducting an external evaluation of the Making it Personal:2 project.

SQW is working as an independent evaluator on behalf of KIDS and the Department for Education. If you have any queries about the evaluation please don’t hesitate to contact Katie MacLeod at SQW on 020 7391 4109 or at

Funding for this project was provided by the Department for Education.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

"I'm proud we've sponsored these fantastic resources which will complement our SEND reforms.

"Children, young people and their families will now be at the centre of a more simple, joined-up system that provides the support they deserve.

"We're committed to helping families get the best information possible about the new system that will help children and young people with SEND from birth to 25."

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