Key messages - Supported self-assessment

  1. The assessment process is one of the most important elements of the care and support system. It starts when local authorities begin to collect information about the person. There are a number of different ways of conducting an assessment – supported self-assessment is one of these.
  2. Supported self-assessment is an assessment led by the individual and supported by the local authority. It should use the same materials as in any other assessment, both to ensure transparency and that the same information is gathered.
  3. Local authorities must offer supported self-assessment as a form of assessment if the adult or carer is willing, able and has the capacity to undertake such assessment. If the person does not wish, or is unable, to self-assess, then an assessment must be undertaken using another assessment method (e.g. face-to-face).
  4. The objective is to place the individual in control of the assessment process and enable them to lead as fully in the process as they wish to.
  5. Local authorities are responsible for providing relevant information before, during and after the assessment takes place.
  6. Local authorities must ensure that identified needs and desired outcomes are accurately captured in the supported self-assessment process.
  7. When the supported self-assessment is complete, the local authority must assure itself that the assessment is a complete and accurate reflection of the individual’s needs.