What to expect
Find out how the resources on The Hub can support you on your improvement journey. Developed and updated with our improvement team, this section of the site will help you start your improvement journey, with key points, tools and tips for improvement activity which can be applied wherever you are and in no matter what care service. In this section you will also find an overview of all our improvement resources on the Hub as well as information on our recent improvement work.
Developed and updated by our policy team, this section of the site will help you maintain awareness of national policy developments affecting social care and social work services, as well as relevant legislation and the Health and Social Care Standards.
Browse resources including Care Inspectorate publications, guidance, and national strategies and frameworks, related to the social care and social work sector in Scotland.
Use this section on The Hub to find out about Self-directed Support (SDS), Scotland’s mainstream approach to social care delivery.
Here you will find a selection of resources that explain what SDS is, people’s stories, assessment and support planning tools as well as resources to influence commissioning and procurement practice to make SDS truly mainstream across Scotland.
AuthorsHealthcare Improvement Scotland, NDTi
CategorySelf-directed Support Library
A report of a short project in South Ayrshire HSCP, examining how effective current measurements and data are in capturing the impact of community led approaches to care and support. Report, 24 pages.
AuthorsDr Danielle Farrel, Your Options Understood
An e-learning platform created by Dr Danielle Farrel, founder of Your Options Understood (YOU) who has first-hand experience of living with a disability. Content includes support planning, disability awareness and Self-directed Support. Bespoke training also available.
AuthorsScottish Government, COSLA, Social Work Scotland
Updated guidance on how Self-directed Support can be used flexibly during pandemic circumstances. Guidance, 17 pages.
AuthorsSelf-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)
An online forum created by SDSS to enable members and stakeholders to come together to discuss Self-directed Support.
AuthorsInspiring Scotland, Scottish Government
A progress report from Inspiring Scotland which looks at the impact of Support in the Right Direction (SIRD) funded projects across 31 Local Authority areas. Report, 20 pages.
CategorySelf-directed Support Library, Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for adults are undertaken
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for children and young people are undertaken
AuthorsCommunity Brokerage Network
The Community Brokerage Network work across Ayrshire to support people to access the care they need with support from independent brokers.
AuthorsPA Network Scotland and Workers Educational Association (WEA)
A website providing networking and training opportunities for Personal Assistants.
AuthorsAlliance Scotland, SDS Scotland
This report uses data collected from the My Support, My Choice research project run by Alliance Scotland and SDSS focusing on care experiences in Dumfries and Galloway. Report, 65 pages.
AuthorsSIAA - Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Website containing accessible information about independent advocacy provision in Scotland, with a dynamic map and search tool.
This independent review uses data collected from the My Support, My Choice research project run by the Alliance and SDSS, focusing on the experiences of people in South Lanarkshire. Report, 61 pages.
This report uses data collected from the My Support, My Choice research project run by Alliance Scotland and SDSS focusing on experiences of people in Moray. Report, 60 pages.
This report uses data collected from the My Support, My Choice research project run by Alliance Scotland and SDSS focusing on experiences of people in Glasgow. Report, 62 pages.
A handbook for anyone considering employing a Personal Assistant.
This report uses data collected from the My Support, My Choice research project run by Alliance Scotland and SDSS focusing on experiences of people in the Scottish Borders. Report, 58 pages.
Best practice guidance, primarily for use of a public body in Scotland procuring care and support services from external suppliers. Updated to reflect changes that have occurred as a result of the UK's exit from the European Union. Guidance, 80 pages.
AuthorsFelicity Morrow, Martin Kettle, Glasgow Caledonian University
A summary of the evidence from policy and scrutiny activity on SDS implementation plus recommendations for the future direction of SDS policy and practice. Research, 18 pages.
AuthorsJane Scott, Independent Researcher, Social Work Scotland
A small scale learning review to map the approach taken by the Social Work Scotland, Self-directed Support team as part of the development of a national framework for self-directed support. Report, 24 pages.
AuthorsSocial Work Scotland, Scottish Government
A framework of eleven standards written for Local Authorities, agreed by COSLA, to support the implementation of SDS. Guidance, 17 pages.
Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) progress update for the period April 2020 - September 2020. Report, 18 pages.
Find links to Local Authorities to see how social care support is being delivered across Scotland through Self-directed Support.