Support Brokerage originated in Canada in the 1970’s when a group of families approached their local authority to request a greater level of input and control over planning the support their children needed.
They requested to be given control over the funding that the local authority had designated to use to build and deliver a service to their children.
These families asked for the opportunity for a better life and to be given the chance to consider how to use the funding in a different way to achieve this in the heart of their communities.
Support Brokerage came into existence as a family led, community based initiative.
Support Brokerage has continued to evolve since the 1970s through numerous campaigning bodies, guidance documents and acts of parliament and is now a crucial component of Self Directed Support.
What is a Support Broker?
Support Brokers act as independent guides to people, supporting them to plan to live the life of their choice. They work directly for the person supporting them to stay in control to have a full range of choice and to achieve their outcomes.
Listed below are some of the functions of a Broker:
Who can be a Support Broker?
Support Brokers are accountable to the people they work for, providing assistance as each person requires, and on the basis each person requires, from the range of functions that fall within the scope of what a Support Broker can do.
Support Brokers have no statutory authority to make decisions, they have no right to determine or veto a plan or an element of a plan, or to talk to other people (e.g. care managers, support workers) to get or share information about the person they are working for, without the consent of that person (or, where necessary, the consent of the family on their behalf).
This also implies that the social care and health system cannot impose a requirement on Support Brokers to report back to other professionals, such as care managers.
The role of the Support Broker does not extend beyond the agreement or the implementation of the Support Plan. Some people will need continuing help with implementation of their Support Plan, this could include; financial administration, recruiting and managing their support workers. This function is called ‘Brokerage Management’ These are different roles and are best kept separate from the Support Brokers input. There are a number of reasons;
At Imagineer we do offer support to people who are looking for ongoing help after the implementation of their Support Plan and information about this can be found under the section titled ‘Brokerage Management’. This service was developed to respond to an increasing number of requests we were receiving, this role is fulfilled by a team member with the necessary skill set and someone other than the team member who has provided the Support Brokerage to make sure there is separation between the two types of input and support.
The National Brokerage Network provides a support structure for those pursuing Support Brokerage as part of their offer.
Working with Imagineer as your Support Broker
If you choose Imagineer to work with you as your independent Support Broker we will first spend time with you discussing what you are looking to achieve and the input that you would like from the team at Imagineer. We will then write this up into a Working Party Agreement which is an informal document which sets expectations and time frames.
At Imagineer we are not bound to paperwork and have a very clear focus on you and working with you, doing what needs to be done to support you to get to where you want to be.
We will utilise all our knowledge, skills and connections to support you to move forward.
Telephone: 01422 363817
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