Support plans

Self Directed Support is the way we provide adult social care. If you qualify for funded support from us, you will have choice and control over:

  • how that support is provided
  • who supports you and when.

If you qualify for funded support, we will ask you to create a Support Plan to show how you will spend your Personal Budget


What is a Support Plan?

A Support Plan describes:

  • how you want to live your life
  • what you want to change
  • what you need to do to make these changes.

Your Support Plan does not need to be in any particular format. It can be written, include photos and drawings, or a video. It's your plan and you can create it any way you want.

What help is available to me to create a Support Plan?

You don't have to write your Support Plan on your own, there are lots of ways you can get help to do this:

  • you can download a Support Planning template to help get you started
  • ask your family and friends for support
  • you can contact other people who have written plans and learn from them
  • there is a lot of information available on the internet
  • providers of services might be able to support you
  • social care workers can also support you.

What do I need to include in a Support Plan?

Your Support Plan will need to show:

  • what is important to you
  • what you want to achieve or do differently
  • how you want to be supported
  • how you will use your Personal Budget
  • how you will manage your support
  • how you will stay in control of your life
  • how you are going to make your plan happen.

To help answer these questions, we have explained what each question means and what we look for before agreeing your Support Plan. This is included in the Customer Guide to Self Directed Support and Personal Budgets.

Who will approve my Support Plan?

We need to approve your Support Plan before you can receive your Personal Budget. Once approved, your Support Plan will form a contract between you and the Council.

What happens next?

After your Support Plan has been approved you will need to organise your Personal Budget and arrange your support. Your Social Care Worker will talk to you about this.

After a few months, your Social Care Worker will speak to you and do a quick review of how things are going. This review will focus on how you feel about:

  • managing your Personal Budget
  • being in control of your Support Plan
  • the people who are supporting you
  • whether you feel safe and secure with the support you receive.

After 12 months, we will do a more thorough review of your plan with you to check everything is working ok.

You don't have to wait for the 12 month review, if you feel that your circumstances have changed, you can contact your Social Care Worker at any time.


Contact details

Post address:
Adult social care
People Services
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640777
Minicom: 01332 640666
Adults, Health and House
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street