We are working on a number of projects to equip social service workers and organisations to help individuals using self-directed support (SDS). The projects have been developed in partnership with representatives from across the social service sector and partners in care and support.

They are across three themes.

Theme 1: Influencing policy and systems

Theme 2: Developing resources and building capacity

  • Digital development and learning
  • Interactive risk enablement resource
  • Outcomes focused commissioning case studies
  • Citizen leadership research
  • Personal assistant research

Theme 3: Creating opportunities to involve workers in improvement and change

We are also working with the SDS Policy Team in Scottish Government to plan for and deliver the next phase of the Self-directed Support Strategy.

What is self-directed support (SDS)?

SDS allows people receiving support, their carers and families to choose how they get that support by giving them control over their individual budget. People can choose to get support from a service provider, such as a voluntary organisation or care agency, employ personal assistants or a combination of both.

The Scottish Government’s 10 year strategy for self-directed support was launched in 2010 and the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act came into force in April 2014. The Act places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices.

Find out more or get involved

If you would like to hear more about any of our SDS projects join the SDS and integration conversation on Yammer

You can also find more information on our Carers and Health and social care integration pages. 

Useful resources

Self-directed support practitioner guidance
Self-directed support: my support, my choice: your guide to social care
Self-directed support: a guide for carers
Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer
Considering a career in care
Considering the role of a PA

Useful links

Scottish Government SDS website
Research and resources from Social Services Knowledge Scotland