Self-Directed Support

Apr 21, 2024

Self-Directed Support helps give choice and control to people with a learning disability, autism and other support needs.

A Personal Budget is a payment or budget to meet your support needs. How you use your personal budget is agreed between you and your Health and Social Care Trust.  It is written into your support plan and shows how you will use your Personal Budget to meet your needs in the way you want.

Anybody can write your support plan – you, your family, your friends, people who give you support or someone who is paid to help you do this.

There are 4 ways to get your personal budget.  You can choose which works best for you.

  1. Direct Payments. Money is given to you instead of Health and Social Care Trust services or providers.
  2. Managed Budgets. You choose the services you want but your Health and Social Care Trust do the paperwork.
  3. Trusts Arrange Support. You ask the Health and Social Care Trust to organise your support for you.
  4. Choose a mix of options 1, 2 or 3 to best suit you.

TILII member, David, explains the importance of Self-Directed Support.






Self-Directed Support Guide – Easy Read 358kb
Personalised Approaches: Self Directed Support An approach that puts you in control 465kb
SDS User Guide 766kb
Direct Payments Booklet 610kb

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