Self-directed Support

Self-Directed Support is available for children and young people who have been assessed as needing care or support from the Highland Council Disability Service.
We look at the child or young person's needs and preferences. This will be done in partnership with parents and carers.

If an assessment is required for an adult please contact NHS Highland

The professional person working with the child or young person has to agree the plan before an individual budget can be considered for approval. The parent or carer will then know how much money is available for care or support.

The child or young person's plan might involve them receiving support from any or a combination of the following:

  • A direct payment
  • Working with a care provider to manage the child or young person's budget
  • We arrange your care or support for the child or young person 
  • A combination of the above options

At the time of review there will be discussion regarding progress made and new outcomes for the future, this includes whether or not the supported person still meets the eligibility criteria as having been assessed as needing support from the Highland Council Disability Service.

Regardless of the option chosen the budget should only be spent towards achieving the outcomes identified in the support plan.

In the first instance please contact the school or your health visitor who will discuss the needs of your child and if appropriate to request an assessment.

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