Self-directed Support Library

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.

 

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Topics
  • About SDS
  • Access to Information and Informed Choice
  • Accessible Information
  • Addictions
  • Adults and Incapacity
  • Aids and Adaptations
  • Archived Resources
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    Close × A collection of resources that reflect and record the early years of SDS implementation.
  • Assessment and Resource Allocation
  • Assessment and Support Planning
  • Autism
  • Barriers to SDS
  • Black and Minority Ethnic People
  • Blind or Partially Sighted
  • Brokerage
  • Carers Assessment and Support Planning
  • Children and Families
  • Commissioning Approaches for Option 2
  • Contingency Planning
  • Deaf or Hearing Impairment
  • Dementia
  • Early Help and Support
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    Close × SDS Standard 2 - Early help and community support is available to all people who need it.
  • Employing Family Members
  • Flexible and Outcome Focused Commissioning and Procurement
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    Close × SDS Standard 7 - People and commissioners work together to plan, design and quality-assure flexible local supports, to ensure that people have choice and control over what matters to them.
  • Good Conversations
  • Gypsy and Traveller Communities
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Human Rights Approach
  • Independent Advocacy and Support
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    Close × SDS Standard 1 - People are offered independent advice, support and advocacy to have choice and control over their social care and support and to exercise their human rights.
  • Indicative Budget
  • Learning and Development
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Legal Rights and Challenging Decisions
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    Close × SDS Standard 5 - Accountability. Clear and supportive processes are in place for people to challenge and appeal all decisions affecting their experience of social care support.
  • LGBT
  • Lived Experience
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    Close × Personal stories of how people have used SDS.
  • Local Peer Networks
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Older Adults
  • PA Employers
  • Personal Assistants
  • Personal Outcomes
  • Physical Disability
  • Recruitment and Training of Care Workers
  • Reflective Practice
  • Relationship Based Practice
  • Respite Care and Short Breaks
  • Review of support arrangements
  • Risk Enablement and Management
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    Close × SDS Standard 6 - Workers and supported people work together to plan for positive risk enablement whilst balancing the responsibility of statutory protection of children, young people, adults and carers.
  • Rural Communities
  • SDS Implementation Data Recording
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    Close × SDS Standard 4 - Meaningful and measurable recording practices
  • SDS Values and Principles
  • Strength and Asset Based Approaches
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    Close × SDS Standard 3 - Assessment, support planning and review systems and processes are personalised, recognising people’s strengths, assets and existing community supports, and result in agreed personal outcomes.
  • Support Options
  • Toolkits "How To"
  • Transitions
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    Close × SDS Standard 10 - People are given the help and support they need to plan for, and adjust to, new phases of their lives.
  • Transparency and Consistency of Practice
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    Close × SDS Standard 9 and 11 - Practice, systems and processes are clearly understood and are explained in ways that make sense to the person. People can expect a consistently high-quality experience of practice regardless of Local Authority area.
  • Unpaid Carers
  • Worker Autonomy
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    Close × SDS Standard 8 - Workers are enabled to exercise professional autonomy in support planning and set personal budgets within agreed delegated parameters.
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Authors
Inspiring Scotland, Scottish Government

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Support in the Right Direction Year 3 Progress Update - Inspiring Scotland, Scottish Government

Date
17/11/2021

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.

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Guide for Providers on Personal Planning - Children and Young People

Date
08/11/2021

Category
Self-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

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Guide for Providers on Personal Planning - Adults

Date
08/11/2021

Category
Self-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

Authors
Community Brokerage Network

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Community Brokerage Network

Date
12/10/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

The Community Brokerage Network work across Ayrshire to support people to access the care they need with support from independent brokers.

Authors
PA Network Scotland and Workers Educational Association (WEA)

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Personal Assistants Network Scotland

Date
12/10/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A website providing networking and training opportunities for Personal Assistants.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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My Support, My Choice People's Experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care in Dumfries & Galloway - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/10/2021

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.

Authors
In-control Scotland, University of Strathclyde Humanities and Social Sciences

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Accountability and the implementation of Self-directed Support Briefing Paper - In-Control Scotland, University of Strathclyde

Date
01/10/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
In-control Scotland, University of Strathclyde Humanities and Social Sciences

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Accountability and the implementation of Self-directed Support - In-Control Scotland, University of Strathclyde

Date
01/10/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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. Research report, 44 pages.

Authors
SIAA - Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

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Find an Advocate

Date
01/09/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

Website containing accessible information about independent advocacy provision in Scotland, with a dynamic map and search tool.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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My Support, My Choice People's experiences of Self-directed Support and social care in Moray - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/09/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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My Support, My Choice People's experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care in South Lanarkshire - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/09/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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My Support, My Choice People's experiences of Self-directed Support and social care in Glasgow - Alliance/SDSS

Date
02/08/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

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PA Employer Handbook - Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

Date
01/08/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A handbook for anyone considering employing a Personal Assistant.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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My Support, My Choice People's experiences of Self-directed Support in Scottish Borders - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/08/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Scottish Government

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Procurement of care and support services - Best Practice Guidance, Scottish Government

Date
01/06/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Felicity Morrow, Martin Kettles, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Self-directed Support Ten years on IRISS Insights 61

Date
06/05/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Social Work Scotland, Scottish Government

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Self-directed Support Framework of Standards - Social Work Scotland

Date
01/03/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A framework of eleven standards written for Local Authorities, agreed by COSLA, to support the implementation of SDS. Guidance, 17 pages.

Authors
Jane Scott, Independent Researcher, Social Work Scotland

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Developing a National Framework for Self-directed Support - Learning Review Social Work Scotland

Date
01/03/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Inspiring Scotland

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SiRD Progress Update January 2021 Inspiring Scotland

Date
01/01/2021

Category
Self-directed Support Library

Support in the Right Direction (SiRD) progress update for the period April 2020 - September 2020. Report, 18 pages.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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Blind and Partially Sighted People's Experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/12/2020

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A report which uses data collected from Alliance Scotland and SDSS exploring the experiences of blind and partially sighted people's experiences of SDS and Social Care. Part of a suite of 5 thematic reports published separately. Report, 59 pages.

Authors
Alliance Scotland, SDS Scotland

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Black and Minority Ethnic People's Experiences of Self-directed Support and Social Care - Alliance/SDSS

Date
01/12/2020

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A report which uses data collected from Alliance Scotland and SDSS exploring the experiences of black and minority ethnic people's experiences of SDS and Social Care. Part of a suite of 5 thematic reports published separately. Report, 43 pages.

Local Authority Social Care Support

Find links to Local Authorities to see how social care support is being delivered across Scotland through Self-directed Support.

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