Involving the people in the management, design and delivery of services is key to making self-directed support happen.

What does SDS mean for the supported person?

Self-directed support is about individuals having increased choice and control over their day to day support and being fully involved in all aspects of their support provision.

Individuals receiving support should also be fully involved in designing, delivering and managing support at all levels of the organisation.

What does it mean for the support provider?

Care and support provision should be fully personalised and focussed on meeting the person’s individual outcomes. Ensure that individuals and families are fully involved in decisions about their own support by introducing outcomes based support plans or person centred planning for each individual.

Maximise choice and control for individuals by involving them in different levels of your organisation including representation at board level and through setting up user focus groups to provide feedback on your policies and services.