The SDSS Blog
Date posted: April 25, 2018
lndividual Service Funds: a guide to making Self Directed Support work for everyone
An Individual Service Fund (ISF) is one way of managing an individual budget available under Option 2 of the Self-Directed Support Act.
In Control Scotland has produced a new guide to making Individual Service Funds work for people. They outline the core components of an ISF, details what needs to be in place for an ISF to work for all the partners involved. They also provide a framework by which to measure whether an ISF arrangement is creative and flexible enough to assist a person to achieve their outcomes for a good life and not just a service.
For example, they have identified four distinct parts of an Individual Service Fund which should help clarify what makes them important:
To qualify as an ISF there needs to be:
1. An upfront individual budget allocation
2. A flexible support arrangement designed around the person
3. A budget that is used to focus on a good life not just a service
4. Maximum control for the person over decision making
The publication was launched on 21st March 2018 and you can get copies of this and other presentations below.
Get a copy of the Guide here on In Control’s website: http://in-controlscotland.org/individual-service-funds-isfs-guide/
Get a copy of Sam Smith’s presentation here: http://in-controlscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Making-SDS-Work-for-Everyone-Presentation.pdf
Get a copy of Sam Smith’s 4 components of an Individual Service Fund here: http://in-controlscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Launch_Making-SDS-work-for-everyone-video_final.pdf
For a copy of the presentations given at the launch event from In Control Scotland, the Scottish Government, CCPS and Audit Scotland, go here: http://in-controlscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Launch_Making-SDS-work-for-everyone-video_final.pdf