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Organising your own support

Organising your own Social Care Support with Direct Payments

Once you’ve made the decision to go the direct payments route for your Social Care support, SILC can help you in the following ways:

  • Understanding what your options are, be it recruiting and employing a personal assistant; using the services or equipment you need from an established provider or supplier; using a dedicated care agency
  • Helping you recruit and employ a personal assistant if you wish to do so
  • Accessing training for both you and your personal assistant


Recruiting and employing a personal assistant

SILC can support you every step of the way:

  • helping you prepare a specification, outlining the skills, knowledge and experience that your assistant will need
  • helping you write a job description detailing the hours of work and the tasks involved,
  • helping you to draft and place a job advertisement,
  • helping you to send out application forms, and shortlist replies,
  • be there with you whilst you interview suitable candidates.
  • (See Fast Facts 4 - Recruiting a personal assistant)


DBS and reference checks

Once you’ve decided on who you’d like to employ, we’ll help you:

  • carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • follow up references


Confidentiality and Safeguarding

SILC will ensure that your personal details are not made public or shared with anyone other than the person or people you choose to employ. We’re there to help protect your privacy at every stage.
(See Fast Facts 19 - Your information - How we use and keep it)




SILC, Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7HL. Tel: 01483 458111
Registered charity No. 1146482