What is a supported self-assessment? - Supported self-assessment

A supported self-assessment is one way of carrying out a needs or carer’s assessment.  It is led by the individual and supported by the local authority. A self-assessment can only be offered if the individual is willing and able to carry it out.  Local authorities should provide as much or as little support as the individual needs to do this.

In carrying out a supported self-assessment a local authority must meet all of its legal duties in the same way as it would if it was carrying out the assessment in any other format, including identifying the person’s needs and outcomes and carrying out the assessment in an appropriate and proportionate way.

Local authorities should therefore collect the same information about the individual as they would through another assessment format (such as face to face) but they may wish to customise this so it is easier for the person to understand.