Risk, safeguarding and personal budgets: exploring relationships and identifying good practice

Martin Stevens, Fiona Jane Aspinal, J Woolham, Jill Manthorpe, Shereen Hussein, Kritika Samsi, Kate Baxter, Mohamed Ismail

Research output: Other contribution


There are fears that people using Personal Budgets (PBs), particularly Direct Payments (DPs), to arrange their care and support may be at greater risk of abuse and neglect than people using conventionally commissioned care services, particularly if they hire unregulated care workers, or rely on relatives or others to manage their money. However, there are predictions that PBs may enhance safety through increasing people's control over their own care. This study aimed to establish whether people using Direct Payments or Managed Personal Budgets are: more likely to be referred to the council with a safeguarding concern compared with people using conventional services, at higher risk of certain types of abuse.
Original languageEnglish
TypeResearch summary
PublisherNIHR School for Social Care Research
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSSCR Research Findings
PublisherNIHR School for Social Care Research


  • adult social care
  • personalisation
  • personal budgets
  • direct payments
  • risk
  • safeguarding
  • abuse
  • choice and control

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