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Improving Social Care Services in the Highlands

Improving Social Care Services in the Highlands Highland Self Directed Support Stakeholder Group We are arranging a series of Self Directed Support meetings taking place across the Highlands over the next 12 months. We see these meetings as an opportunity to focus on how SDS is developing locally and how we can work together to… Continue Reading Improving Social Care Services in the Highlands

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Pocket-sized Guide to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Coalition of Carers: New Guide to Carers Act 2016 The Coalition of Carers have produced a 2 page guide to what people can expect from the new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. They outline the Carer Pathway to getting the support that Carers need, through the provision of information, to having a good conversation and to… Continue Reading Pocket-sized Guide to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

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New Research on SDS Implementation published

Providers and Personalisation: New Research report into the Barriers and Enablers for Self-directed Support implementation. Their Report covered 5 Local Authority areas and they interviewed 35 people with roles ranging across strategic, operational, commissioning and front-line positions, from a range of urban and rural areas. Their conclusions of the Barriers to SDS Implementation include: Internal barriers… Continue Reading New Research on SDS Implementation published

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National Minimum Wage and Sleepover: Legal Ruling

Legal Issues – ‘Sleep-in’ shifts and the National Minimum Wage You might have heard of the recent Court of Appeal Judgement on the outcome of paying care staff the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for sleep-ins. There is now a useful description of the Court Judgement and what this means for staff working sleepovers and the employers… Continue Reading National Minimum Wage and Sleepover: Legal Ruling

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Members Training Event: Making Participation Requests (11th September 2018)

Members Training Event: Making Participation Requests Participation requests are a new way for people to have their say about improvements they would like to see made to the public services they use. They are part of a piece of Scottish Government legislation called the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. By making a participation request, a community group or ‘community… Continue Reading Members Training Event: Making Participation Requests (11th September 2018)

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EHRC Videos explaining Discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission Videos: Explaining Discrimination The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have recently published a series of short videos, featuring members of the Scotland legal team, each of which explain different aspects of discrimination law, from the nine protected characteristics to the different forms of discrimination. All the videos are subtitled,… Continue Reading EHRC Videos explaining Discrimination

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New Publication: SDS – IF IT’S SO GOOD THEN WHY IS IT SO HARD?

New Publication: Self-Directed Support – IF IT’S SO GOOD THEN WHY IS IT SO HARD? Simon Duffy has created a paper on behalf of the SKILLS Project, which is a partnership project between ANFFAS, KVPS, EASPD, In Control Scotland and The Centre for Welfare Reform to promote Self-directed Support in Europe. Self-Directed Support is at an… Continue Reading New Publication: SDS – IF IT’S SO GOOD THEN WHY IS IT SO HARD?

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New Rights for Children aged 12+ with Additional Support for Learning Needs

New Rights for Children aged 12+ with Additional Support for Learning Needs On 10th January 2018 the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 come into force. As of this date the rights of children aged 12 – 15 have been extended to give them many of the same rights as their parents and carers and young people… Continue Reading New Rights for Children aged 12+ with Additional Support for Learning Needs

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Fund to help organisations implement new Carers Act

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Fund to help organisations implement new Carers Act Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund The fund is open for applications from third sector organisations – charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups,based in Scotland who are currently providing support to carers which is aligned with the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. This funding is to improve their… Continue Reading Fund to help organisations implement new Carers Act

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New SDSS Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

Meet our new Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone Hi, I’m Dianne Theakstone and I’ve recently joined the SDSS team. My best buddy (who you can see in the picture) is Merlin, my 2 year old, very mischievous black lab guide dog. I come from a research background that focuses upon co-production methodology with disabled people and exploring… Continue Reading New SDSS Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

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