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, 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.

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  • About SDS
  • Addictions
  • Adults and Incapacity
  • Adults and older people
  • Archived Resources
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    Close × A collection of resources that reflect and record the early years of SDS implementation.
  • Assessment and Support Planning
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  • Autism
  • Black and Minority Ethnic People
  • Blind or Partially Sighted
  • Carers Assessment and Support Planning
  • Children and Families
  • Commissioning Approaches for Option 2
  • Community Based Support
  • Contingency Planning
  • Deaf or Hearing Impairment
  • Dementia
  • Easy Read
  • Eligibility and Resource Allocation
  • Employing Family Members
  • Financial Management Guidance
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    Close × Guidance on the financial management of SDS for finance staff.
  • 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
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Independent Support and Advocacy
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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. Includes details of SIRD organisations that are funded to provide support and challenge decisions.
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lived Experience
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    Close × Personal stories of how people have used SDS.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • PA Employers
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    Close × Information to support people who are considering employing a Personal Assistant, including how to guides and experiences of people employing PA's.
  • Personal Assistants
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    Close × Information to support Personal Assistants in their role, including how to become a Personal Assistant.
  • Pilot schemes
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    Close × Reports of pilots that have trialled an SDS approach.
  • 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 Legislation and Implementation Plans
  • SDS Standards
  • SDS Values and Principles
  • SIRD projects
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    Close × Support in the Right Direction (SIRD) Scottish Government funded projects managed by Inspiring Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Workforce development - training
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    Close × Includes toolkits, e-learning and guidance documents for practitioners.
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Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Self-Directed Support Framework of Standards (2024)

Date
17/05/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

The Self-Directed Support Framework of Standards consists of a set of standards (including practice statements and core components) written specifically for local authorities to provide them with an overarching structure, aligned to legislation and statutory guidance, for further...

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Supporting People to Live a Good Life in Highland (Reflections on Practice)

Date
01/05/2024

Category
Self Evaluation Tools, Self-directed Support Library

A reflection on Self-evaluation and improvement in SDS, in Highland.

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Flexible Use of Direct Payments Across Scotland (Reflections on Practice)

Date
01/05/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

Examples of meeting personal outcomes creatively through flexible use of Self-directed Support options, particularly Direct Payments (Option 1).

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Revising the Self-directed Support Framework of Standards (Reflections on Practice)

Date
01/05/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A review of the Self-directed Support Framework of Standards took place in 2023, adopting equalities and island communities impact approaches and engaging in extensive consultation with key stakeholders.

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Fife Community Support Service Reviews (Reflections on Practice)

Date
01/05/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A review of Fife's approach to Community Support Services following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Overnight Short Breaks in Fife (Reflections on Practice)

Date
01/05/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A reflection on the Short Breaks service in Fife.

Authors
Scottish Sensory Hub

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Accessible information on Self-directed Support – lived experience research report

Date
24/04/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

The ALLIANCE (Scottish Sensory Hub) has published a report on people's experiences of accessible information around Self-directed Support and social care.

Authors
Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

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The SDS Handbook - Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

Date
31/03/2024

Your complete guide to accessing care and support in Scotland

Authors
Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

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The Personal Assistant (PA) Handbook - Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS)

Date
31/03/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

The guide for people who are or are thinking of becoming a Personal Assistant.

Authors
Social Work Scotland

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Self-directed Support Practitioner Toolkit - Helpful Practice Resources

Date
29/03/2024

Category
Self-directed Support Library

This toolkit is for Social Work Practitioners. Designed in collaboration with our stakeholders the Toolkit aims to connect you with practice resources located in The Self-directed Support (SDS) Library to support relationship-based practice and Self-directed Support implementatio...

Authors
Citizen Network

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Self-Directed Support For Service Providers

Date
04/01/2024

Category
Self-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...

Authors
Penumbra

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My SDS - A Self Directed Support Toolkit

Date
10/05/2023

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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)

Authors
Self Directed Support Scotland

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Children and Young People Self-directed Support (SDS) factsheet

Date
05/01/2023

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A fact sheet for parents introducing Self-directed Support (SDS) for Children and Young People. (four pages, PDF file)

Authors
Self Directed Support Scotland

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Self-directed Support (SDS) for Adults - factsheet for Health and Social Care Professionals

Date
05/01/2023

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A factsheet for Health and Social Care professionals about Self-directed Support (SDS) for Adults. (four pages, PDF file)

Authors
Self Directed Support Scotland

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Self-Directed Support (SDS) Factsheet for the Voluntary Sector

Date
05/01/2023

Category
Self-directed Support Library

A factsheet for the voluntary sector regarding Self-directed Support (SDS) for Adults. (four pages, PDF file)

Authors
SSSC

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Personal Assistant Outcomes Map

Date
01/09/2022

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Authors
Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Self -directed Support and Personal Outcomes

Date
15/07/2022

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.

Authors
Lou Close, In Control Scotland

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How are we doing with Option 2

Date
02/07/2022

Research into the experiences of six Scottish health and social care partnerships in implementing option 2 of Self-directed Support. Research report, 52 pages.

Authors
Inspiring Scotland, Scottish Government

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Support in the Right Direction Year 4 Progress Update

Date
01/07/2022

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.

Authors
Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NDTi

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Demonstrating the Impact of Community Led Approaches

Date
01/05/2022

Category
Self-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.

Authors
Dr Danielle Farrel, Your Options Understood

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Your Options Understood e-learning and education programme

Date
14/04/2022

Category
Self-directed Support Library

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.

Local authority social care support

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