Self Directed Support and Direct Payments

Self Directed Support is a way for people who are eligible for funding from social services to get the support they need to be part of their community and to stay safe and healthy.

Self Directed Support is a way for people who are eligible for funding from social services to get the support they need to be part of their community and to stay safe and healthy.

It can be for people:

  • with physical disabilities
  • with learning disabilities
  • older people
  • with mental health issues,
  • people who are ill or dying

Self Directed Support can help people to stay healthy and independent for longer.

We want everyone living in Blackburn with Darwen to have choice and flexibility in meeting their eligible social care needs and focus on what helps them to achieve their goals in life.

Self Directed Support is designed to give you more choice and control over your life. It's a way of meeting your assessed support needs in a way that suits you.

Self Directed Support also means that you can:

  • Control the money you get for your support
  • Choose how to spend the money to meet your assessed needs
  • Make decisions about who provides you with support


Request a social care assessment

As part of your assessment, we can discuss different support planning to meet any eligible needs. This can include a Direct Payment arrangement, where you, or someone you trust can arrange your own care and support. This would include managing the money allocated to pay for your support. In some cases, people recruit a Personal Assistant to provide the care they need and then act as that person’s employer under the Direct Payment; in other situations, people use a direct payment to arrange for a care agency to meet their needs.

Finally, you spend the money in ways that you feel best meets your needs. You are in control as long as you spend the money in the ways you have stated in your Support Plan. We'll check with you from time to time to make sure everything is going OK and that you are living your life in a way that suits you and is meeting your needs. 

Self Directed Support Team

If you’ve had an assessment and feel a direct payment would suit you, we can put you in touch with our Your social worker may put you in touch with the Self Directed Support Team. 

This team can help you with:

  • Direct Payment support for adults
  • Employment advice
  • Insurance
  • Bank account support
  • Health & safety advice
  • Recruitment and selection of personal assistants
  • Job descriptions
  • Advertisements
  • Employment contracts
  • Mediation
  • Agency information
  • Brokerage
  • Personal assistant training
  • Weekly drop in surgery
  • Peer support groups
  • Support to manage personal budgets
  • DBS checks
  • Payroll
  • Personal assistant registration
  • Information
  • Advice
  • Budget monitoring and support
  • Weekly brokerage surgery
  • Support planning

If you would like more information on the services offered by the Self Directed Support Team please contact them on 01254 585339 or email 

Employing a personal assistant 

You could employ a personal assistant to support you.   The Self Directed Support Team can help you with this.

Further information

  • Direct Payments Policy.
  • Your Guide to Direct Payments
  • in Control
  • Skills for care: information for people who employ their own care and support staff.  Including a quick guide for new managers employing their own staff using direct payments or an individual budget, a toolkit to help people employ their own PA, information about how to use the common induction standards to induct PAs, as well as training and funding guidance and information on completing their NMDS-SC as a direct employer.
  • SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence): Personalisation a rough guide: This publication aims to tell the story so far about the personalisation of adult social care services. It is intended to set out our current understanding of personalisation and its implementation, exploring what personalisation is, where the idea came from and placing the transformation of adult social care in the wider public service reform agenda.