Support plan

Once an assessment has been completed and needs and outcomes identified, you will be allocated an Indicative Personal Budget. It is at this stage that a support plan needs to be created.

A support plan will include how your personal budget will be spent. Support plans can be written in different ways. They may be long or short − with pictures or just text.

You can write the Support Plan yourself, have someone else you know and trust to write it for you or you can have help from your Adult Care worker. The plan must help you achieve your outcomes.

In Derbyshire we have designed a standard format for a support plan which is available for you to use and includes everything that needs to be in a plan.

What should go in the plan?

We need to make sure that the plan answers the following questions before we can agree it:

  • What is important to you?

  • What do you want to change or keep, what do you want to achieve?

  • How will you be supported to achieve your outcomes including how any risks will be managed?

  • How will you make decisions and stay in control of your life?

  • How will your support be managed including any contingency plans?

  • How will you take your personal budget and what will the support cost?

  • How are you going to put your support plan in place (your action plan)?

Everyone's support plan will be different. The budget can be spent on most things that help you get the life you want. 

However, the budget can't be spent on anything that is against the law and it can't be spent on gambling.

Who can help you write a Support Plan?

There are lots of people who can help write a plan. Family, friends or your county council adult care worker can be asked to help. In certain circumstance, your adult care worker may also be able to offer you the support planning service provided on our behalf by Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living (DCIL) (opens in a new window).

Throughout the process, your adult care worker will be on hand to advise.

A 'Support Planning Toolkit' will soon be available on this page, providing more detailed guidance. In the meantime please ask your care worker to provide more information.

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