What to expect
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, the Standards for good SDS, 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.
You may find it helpful to search using the drop down "topics" box. You can select a topic field by checking the box. It is best to select just one topic at a time. You must uncheck or de-select the topic box each time otherwise you will not get accurate results.
CategorySelf-directed Support Library
This report on Self-Directed Support in Europe sets out strategies for service providers to work in partnership with people with disabilities and their families.
Authors: Simon Duffy, John Dalrymple and Nic Crosby
This short report was prepared by three researchers who have als...
This toolkit is designed to inform and help you explore funded care and support through your council, and other supports in Scotland. (8 pages, PDF file)
AuthorsSelf Directed Support Scotland
A fact sheet for parents introducing Self-directed Support (SDS) for Children and Young People. (four pages, PDF file)
A factsheet for Health and Social Care professionals about Self-directed Support (SDS) for Adults. (four pages, PDF file)
A factsheet for the voluntary sector regarding Self-directed Support (SDS) for Adults. (four pages, PDF file)
The PA Outcomes Map is a product of a collaborative project with key stakeholders including PA's and PA employers to help develop a shared understanding of the value of PA's as part of the social care workforce. Mapping Resource: 4 pages.
AuthorsEquality and Human Rights Commission
Research examining the experiences of people who receive Self-directed Support and the extent to which it helps them to achieve their personal outcomes. Research report, 42 pages.
AuthorsLou Close, In Control Scotland
Research into the experiences of six Scottish health and social care partnerships in implementing option 2 of Self-directed Support. Research report, 52 pages.
AuthorsInspiring Scotland, Scottish Government
This report looks back over the last six months of the SiRD programme, from October 2021 to March 2022, highlighting the work done by the projects.
AuthorsHealthcare Improvement Scotland, NDTi
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.
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 children and young people are undertaken
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for adults 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.
AuthorsIn-control Scotland, University of Strathclyde Humanities and Social Sciences
Briefing paper summarising the experiences of advocacy organisations, law centres and advice agencies in their work supporting people to complain to local authorities about their Self-directed Support. Executive report, 5 pages.
A research report examining the experiences of advocacy organisations, law centres and advice agencies in their work supporting people to complain to local authorities about their Self-directed Support packages. Research report, 44 pages.
Find links to local authorities to see how social care support is being delivered across Scotland through self-directed support.