Self Directed Support

Self Directed Support

Self Directed Support is a term used to describe the ways in which social care services and support can be offered to individuals and families.  It gives greater control to the person who needs social care and to those close to them, to ensure they can shape the support they need to suit their lives.

Individuals have the freedom to choose the type of support they want to meet their assessed needs, where they want it and when.

For example, arranging support staff to visit at a time that suits the service user, or enabling them to employ their own personal assistant.

They can choose how their support is provided and have as much control as they want over their personal budget.

A personal budget is a sum of money identified by the Trust to meet the assessed needs of a person who is eligible for social care support services. At the centre of every personal budget is an individual support plan developed by the individual and/or their representative. This support plan outlines the agreed personal goals and outcomes to meet the individuals assessed need.

Once a support plan is agreed by the Trust, the individual and/or their representative will decide how the personal budget will be managed.

The individual’s personal budget can be used in any of the following four options:

  1. A Direct Payment
  2. A Managed budget
  3. The Trust can arrange a service (Trust Arranged)
  4. A mixture of options 1-3

Self Directed Support is a unique partnership between families, individuals, carers, and independent sector organisations and Government bodies.

If you are interested in exploring Self Directed Support, contact your named worker or the Trust’s Area Manager for Self Directed Support – email:

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