One idea- many interpretations
There are many interpretations of Option 2 some of these don’t make a material difference to the supported person and other interpretations can significantly reduce their control and choice. Before looking at changing the approach to Option 2 it is important to establish a common understanding of what it is. The definition (below) was developed by the group and provides a starter for discussion.
“The supported person is in charge of which support providers they use and how their support works. Someone else manages the money for the supported person to pay for this. This third party can be a provider, the local authority (council) or another organisation.”
Why?(might a person choose option 2)
- Personal choice of those who want more control but feel they don’t want the responsibility of managing the money directly.
Who? (is involved)
- The supported person’s outcomes are established based on their needs and what matters to them.
- The local authority identifies a budget for the supported person.
- The budget is held by a third party, not the supported person.
- The supported person decides how their budget is used; what support is provided, who provides it and when, to meet their agreed outcomes.
How? (may the budget be used)
- To provide flexible care or support
- To purchase other items or services e.g. technology or activities that will achieve the agreed outcomes
What? (does this mean for the supported person)
- Choice and control is maximised
- The supported person has free choice on how they achieve their outcomes
- The supported person has the option of using multiple providers, items or services.