Self Directed Support is a change to the way the social care system operates to give individuals who are eligible for social care services choice, control and flexibility over the support they receive.

This means individuals and their families can choose the way they want their support to be provided – it is personalised to suit a person’s unique needs and circumstances.

Who is eligible for Self Directed Support?

Anyone can request to be considered for Self Directed Support. Each Health and Social Care Trust follows a set of guidelines to ensure that everyone is considered fairly and to help the Trust decide who is in the greatest need. At present, only those individuals who have been assessed as having “critical needs” are eligible for social care support and therefore the option of Self Directed Support.

The need for help is “critical” if there is likelihood of one or more of the following and the needs cannot be met from another source:

  • life is, or will be threatened
  • signifcant health problems have developed, or will develop
  • abuse of neglect has occured, or will occur
  • ther is or will be no, or only partial, choice and control over vital aspects of the person’s environment (e.g. mobility)
  • hospital discharge is delayed and the individuals independence is at risk as a result
  • inability to carry out all, or the majority of personal care, or domestic routines which are essential to independence
  • all or most vital involvement in work, education, learning or community participation cannot, or will not, be sustained
  • all, or the majority of, the vital family and other social roles and responsibilities cannot, or will not be undertaken

What is a Personal Budget?

What is a Direct Payment?

What is a Support Plan?

Risk Enablement Framework