Southampton City Council fact sheet
Following completion of your supported self assessment questionnaire (SSAQ) and your financial assessment, you will know how much money you have been allocated. You will now be required to create a support plan. This will detail how you will spend your personal budget.
You do not have to complete your support plan on your own. Your care manager or support broker can assist or you can ask a trusted friend, relative or representative. You can create your support plan in a way that is meaningful to you, in words or perhaps in pictures or photographs.
• what is important to you and what you may want to change or achieve
• what support you would like to receive
• what risks or health and safety concerns have been identified and how they will be addressed
• how you will spend your personal budget to meet your needs
• how your support will be managed e.g. whether you will manage your support yourself or whether you would like it managed by either a representative, a trust or by us
• who will be making decisions if you are unable to do so
• how you are going to put the support plan into action
You do not have to complete every page of the support plan form as long as it covers the above points.
We have made a support plan template for you to use which you can download from our Putting people first web pages.
For more information and advice, contact either your care manager or the support brokers whose contact details can be found on the factsheet entitled “Putting people first - what is a support broker”.
Before you can put your support plan into action, your care manager must see the plan and agree it with you.
Your care manager will want to see that your plan is completed with all the information requested above. This is to ensure that:
• you are kept safe
• you will get the support that you need
• there is enough money to meet your support needs
• if other people have helped you complete your plan, the care manager will need to know that the decisions are your own and have not been influenced by anyone
Last updated: 4 August 2010