Social care - self-directed support: framework of standards - May 2024

This framework consists of a set of standards for local authorities to provide them with an overarching structure, aligned to legislation and statutory guidance, for further implementation of the self-directed support approach to social care. This update includes standard descriptor and practice statement and core components and practice guidance.

Revisions of the Framework

The review of the Framework took place over a six-month period and adopted equalities and island communities impact approaches including extensive consultation with the range of stakeholders delivering and receiving services. Each standard was considered from the perspective of children, physical impairment, learning difficulties and autism, carers, older people and geography as well as sensory impairment, mental health, homelessness and substance misuse, and black, Asian and minorities communities.

The revisions were overseen by a core working group of national stakeholders, local authority and HSCP partners, and relevant experts. The key revisions made to the Framework were:

  • Clarifying the meaning and simplifying the language of each standard including the practice statement and core components
  • Reducing the number of core components
  • Developing a new explanatory ‘how to’ section for each core component
  • Adding a glossary of terms used



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