In some cases the young disabled person at age 16 or 17 may wish, as part of the transition to adulthood, to take control of part or all of the direct payments that have to date been managed by the person with parental responsibility. This can allow them to gain experience of managing direct payments in a gradual way prior to reaching adulthood.

Disabled 16 and 17-year-olds are entitled to take advantage of the flexibility of direct payments where this will safeguard and promote their welfare. Direct payments enable them to make more decisions for themselves and to provide opportunities for them to have more control over their lives.

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