The role of local authorities
The main role of the local authority is for the social worker/care worker to assess your social care needs and, where you are assessed as needing social care, to give you the information and support you need to decide which self-directed support option is right for you, these four options are explained in the Background and introduction section of this handbook. This includes deciding how much control you wish to have over how your care is delivered and whether you wish to take the option of becoming a PA employer though a direct payment.
Social/care workers need to have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of PA employers. They need to be able to give you the information you need to make an informed choice. They also need to be able to support you to manage any risks identified during your assessment.