Self-Directed Support (SDS) is the support a person purchases or arranges to meet agreed health and social care outcomes. This is usually done following an assessment of needs from their local authority/specialist social work service.
This support can be directed in 1 of 4 different ways:
Option 1 – The person can receive money from the local authority to pay for the support. This is known as a Direct Payment.
Option 2 – The person will take control of their support plan, but responsibility for managing the budget will be given to a third party. The third party is chosen by the person, but will need to be approved by the local authority first.
Option 3 – The local authority can arrange and manage the support.
Option 4 – A mix of the first 3 options.
In most cases, the person will have a financial assessment through their local authority to see whether they will need to pay anything towards their support. This should all be explained by the local authority either before or during an assessment of needs. It is an important thing to remember and to share with someone you know is due to be assessed, especially if it is their first time.
To find out more, contact your local authority Social Work department or click on our Social Work section on the website to see whether our Social Work Team covers your area.
Self -Directed Support Joint Sensory Project
A Guide to Accessible Information was created by a Self-Directed Support Joint Sensory Project (2015-2018), and is focused on how to make information and services more accessible for people who are blind/partially sighted or deaf* (* – the use of the term “deaf” includes people who are deaf British Sign Language users; deafened; have acquired deafness; or deafblind). These include:
Electronic/Electronic Clear Print – These versions have embedded links to interviews/case studies and further information, which is also presented in British Sign Language with subtitles and voice over.
Standard/Clear Print for Printing – These versions do not have embedded links, but contain full transcripts for the purpose of printing.
Plain Text/Clear Plain Text – These versions are Plain Text versions and do not contain images, but have descriptions of images that appear in the main document.
Braille – A full Braille version is available on request and is based on the Plain Text version. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Audio-Description – We have audio tracks of the complete guide, which is available on request from Deaf Action or Fife Society for the Blind.
All of the versions on the website are PDF files, but Word versions are available on request. The PDF documents have been designed to be compatible with Screen Readers and provide image descriptors and have set Styles for ease of navigation through the document.