Support planning

What should be in your support plan

When you are clear about both your budget and your specific outcomes, the next step is to develop a support plan.

This should consider areas such as:

  • What works as well as what doesn't work in your life at the moment?
  • What is important to you and what short and long term aspirations do you have?
  • What would you like your life to look like?
  • What can you do to make this happen and what kind of support might you need?
  • What risks might you face and how can you stay safe?
  • What needs to be in place to make sure you make your own decisions?

You can choose to complete your support plan by yourself, along with family, friends or someone else of your choice, although social workers or other paid workers frequently support this process as skilled helpers with a knowledge of effective resources and interventions.

There is no set format which defines an acceptable support plan in North Lanarkshire, but there are clear criteria that need to be covered in any plan:

  • What is important to you
  • What are your specific, intended outcomes
  • How will you be supported
  • How will you use your individual budget
  • How will your support be managed
  • How will you stay in control
  • Action plan

The plan must also highlight assessed risks and detail how these may be approached.

There are a range of resources available online to help people with this stage of the self directed support process.

People's first experience of support planning can be the most difficult stage of this process. This may be because, in the past, people who require support have been told which service they are to receive and have not had the opportunity to take control and plan their individual solutions. Although, planning in subsequent years becomes much easier.


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