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Free Personal Care for Under 65’s: Key resources.

On April 1st the Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018 came into force. This legislation extends free personal care to those under the age of 65. At the moment public facing guidance is not yet available, however Local Authorities have been issued with guidance which we previously shared and can […]

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New publication: ‘PA Checklist – A Tool for Assessing Personal Assistance Schemes.’

. In November and December 2018, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) piloted the PA Checklist – a new tool designed for assessing personal assistance (PA) schemes from the perspective of independent living. The checklist was created by ENIL to help advocates around the world to fight for better PA and to monitor the […]

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Children’s rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide

  A new guide on children’s rights in Scotland has been published which includes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and is a handy guide for those who work with children and families. The guide can be accessed here.

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New website for SDS resources.

A new website ‘The Hub’ has been developed to support improvement in social care and social work, and as part of this a library of key Self-directed Support resources has been created. The SDS library features materials suitable for a range of audiences and brings together a mix of resources from short video clips to […]

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Site Accessibility

At SDSS we follow the Social Model of disability which means that we are committed to addressing barriers to make sure that everyone can access the information that they need. The website does not have a separate accessibility statement, this is because we have designed this site to be as accessible and usable as possible […]

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SDS National Voice 2019: Final programme launch!

The final programme for SDS National Voice 2019 is now live and can be accessed here, we look forward to welcoming delegates on the day. Can’t wait? Read our pre-event Q&A with our opening speaker the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman here. Last chance to book your place! There are a limited number […]

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SDS National Voice 2019: Q&A with Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman and last chance to book!

SDS National Voice is an event to brings those working in health and social care, social care users and carers together to discuss good practice in social care delivery, and what we can do to ensure that SDS implementation is successful. Last year our inaugural event at Edinburgh International Conference Centre was a huge success and […]

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Scottish Government consultation: Timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill.

The Government have opened a consultation which will be used to inform regulations that will set prioritised time limits for the preparation of adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by […]

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Scottish Government consultation: Scottish Charity Law.

This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR. Click here […]

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Recent employment law case: Self-employed carer joins the “employment” family

You may have heard about a recent court case relating to employment status, which is particularly relevant as it specifically applies to the care work force, and the use of an introduction agency.  Anthony Collins Solicitors have summarised the case here and note the following key points for those involved in the sector: The fact that […]

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