In Direct Debit, go to Create Direct Debit Batch.
Then Select what type of Direct Debit you are creating and then hit next. Step 2 will be selecting the date range of when you want families to be charged.
You will then confirm and and complete the Direct Debit Batch creation. You will then click the magnifying glass to go into the Batch and you can either select "Process NOT SENT Payments" or "DELETE Batch". Clicking "Process NOT SENT Payments" will send out all the Direct Debits that need to be sent.
Once they have been sent you can either retry to Declined Payments, if they are Pending you can see if they are approved or declined and close the Direct Debit Batch. Once the direct debit batch is closed it can not be opened or changed.