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Free Dementia awareness e-learning course
June 4, 2019

This e-learning course aims to raise the awareness and skills of care staff who work with people with dementia. It aligns with Tier 1 of the National Dementia Training Standards Framework, which is a requirement for all staff working in social care. It will also allow you to collect evidence towards the relevant section of the Care ...

SDS Storytelling films.
May 20, 2019

New Storytelling films have been produced by the SSSC SDS and Integration Team. The film scenarios were co-designed through workshops held in 2018 which involved people from different parts of Scotland. The aim of the workshops was to co-create fictional characters and stories which would be developed to form short storytelling films, which honestly reflect the ...

Self-directed Support factsheet (Polish)
May 8, 2019

    We have developed an SDS factsheet which gives readers an introduction to the following in Polish: The vision and ethos of SDS. The four SDS options. Eligibility. SDS legislation. The Independent Living Movement. Where to get support with SDS. Access the factsheet here. 

Housing and workplace discrimination checklists.
May 6, 2019

Citizens Advice Scotland have published handy checklists on discrimination when it comes to housing and the workplace. These checklists help users identify discrimination and provide information on how this can be challenged. To access the housing discrimination checklist click here. To access the workplace discrimination checklist click here.  

Making a lasting difference: sustaining non-profit organisations and their impact.
May 6, 2019

Graeme Reekie of Wren and Greyhound has recently released a new book ‘making a lasting difference’ which is based on the popular lasting difference toolkit on sustaining non-profit organisations. Offering creative insights and straightforward definitions, the book introduces the five capabilities of sustainable organisations and the steps that can be taken to achieve them: Involvement Income Generation Innovation Improvement Impact Measurement The ...

Free Personal Care for Under 65's: Key resources.
April 2, 2019

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 ...

Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide
March 27, 2019

  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.

New website for SDS resources.
March 27, 2019

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 ...

Being a PA Employer factsheet
February 19, 2019

Being a PA Employer factsheet published by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following topics/questions: What is a Personal Assitant? What responsibilities doPersonal Assistant Employers have? Can I employ a family member as a Personal Assistant? How do I become a Personal Assistant Employer? What assistance can SDS support organisations offer? Where can I find more information about being a PA employer? Download ...

Capacity and Self-directed Support
February 19, 2019

Capacity and Self-directed Support factsheet published by SDSS. Download here.

Direct payments factsheet
February 19, 2019

Direct Payments factsheet published by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following topics/questions: What is a Direct Payment? A Direct Payment is 1 of the 4 options of Self-directed Support. Who can get a Direct Payment? What can a Direct Payment be used for? Can an individual get support to manage their Direct Payment? Download here.

Disabled People's SDS Organisations.
February 19, 2019

Disabled People’s SDS Organisations factsheet Download here

February 19, 2019

Independent Living factsheet published by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following topics/questions: What is Independent Living? What is the Independent Living Movement and where did it begin? How does society need to change to make Independent Living achievable for all? Where can I find more information about Independent Living? Download here.

Models of Disability factsheet
February 19, 2019

Models of Disability factsheet published by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following topics/questions: What is a ‘model of disability’? What is the Social Model of Disability? What is the Medical Model of Disability? Examples of the Social Model and the Individual/Medical Model in everyday contexts. The Affirmative Model of Disability. Download here

Support Planning factsheet
February 19, 2019

Support Planning factsheet published by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following topics/questions: What is a support plan? What information should go into a support plan? Who can help with putting a support plan together? Where can I find more information about support planning? Download here.

Self-directed Support factsheet
February 19, 2019

  Introduction to SDS factsheet produced by SDSS. This factsheet covers the following areas: The vision and ethos of SDS. The four SDS options. Eligibility. SDS legislation. The Independent Living Movement. Where to get support with SDS. Download here  This factsheet is also available in Polish and Arabic.  

New report. Awareness of the Carers (Scotland) Act : Experiences of Carers in Scotland
January 29, 2019

  Coalition of carers in Scotland have recently published a short report and recommendations for HSCPs and the wider community on improving access to support, information and advice for carers. You can access the report here

Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross launch 'Accessibility Guide Perth.'
December 13, 2018

The Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross have recently produced a handy accessibility guide for the Central Perth area. This was produced with help from Perth College and funded by the Creative Community Fund. The guide highlights accessibility in key areas of interest, as well as local cafes/restaurants. The guide shows where you can find ...

Social Work Scotland Report: 'Best Practice and Local Authority Progress in Self-Directed Support.'
September 16, 2018

Social Work Scotland have recently released a report that aims to share good practice examples and promote learning between local authority areas and across different fields of practice. 15 of the 32 Scottish local authorities came forward to offer evidence and examples of best practice in SDS implementation as follows: Angus The City of Edinburgh Dumfries and Galloway East ...

Our take on 'SDS Data Under Development 2016-17'
September 16, 2018

Many of you will be familiar with the SDS Data Under Development figures, the most up to date of which, covering 2016-17, were released last month. The recent figures show a marked increase in what is described as the ‘SDS Implementation Rate’, now up to 70% at a national level. You may wonder what that means, ...

MECOPP Resource: 'Challenging Social Care Decisions in Scotland: A Legal Guide'
August 30, 2018

As part of their 3 R’s project MECOPP have published a Legal Guide on challenging social care decisions. The aim of this guide is to help explain when decisions made about social care can be challenged using the law; and how to go about doing it. The guide attempts to answer the simple questions: “is there ...

Pocket-sized Guide on the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
August 10, 2018

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 making sure Carers needs are being met. You can see ...

Self Directed Support User Experience Survey 2016 – What people said
July 10, 2018

In 2016 SDSS conducted a pilot study into Service User experiences of SDS in Aberdeenshire, City of Edinburgh and East Dunbartonshire. Download the report here.  This pilot study formed the basis of the current My Support, My Choice research more information can be found here.    

SDS National Voice 2018: Video content.
April 15, 2018

SDS National Voice 2018 was an event held on March 14th 2018 to promote and showcase good SDS practice from across Scotland, videos of key content from the day are now available: What does it take to make SDS work? Martin Abernethy with Florence Garabedian, LCiL Support in the Right Direction –Key lessons from the evaluation. Lucy Robertson, Managing ...

GDPR: Information for charities.
April 12, 2018

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a useful FAQ for charities, which you can read here.  

SDS National Voice 2018: Report published.
April 12, 2018

On March 14th 2018 we held a national event to promote and showcase good self-directed support practice from across Scotland, we have published a report to summarise key learning from the day. As well as highlighting who was there and geographical coverage, this report also shows what delegates were able to take away from the day. ...

Review of Independent Information and Support has now been published.
February 5, 2018

The newly published Research Findings (‘Review of Independent Information and Support Services’) by Craigforth social researchers on the independent support provided by organisations funded through Support in the Right Direction, found strong evidence that independent support plays a key role in the delivery of social care, and that without it many people would have struggled ...

PAssport to Independent Living - Self Directed Support - our lives, our choices
December 15, 2017

Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), the PA Network Scotland and SSSC worked together on producing the ‘PAssport to Independent Living’ book, highlighting the work that PAs do and the relationship they have with their employers and Self Directed Support. This is a collection of stories that shines a light on a very special partnership. The relationship between a ...

MECOPP: Factsheets on SDS
November 23, 2017

MECOPP have produced some new Factsheets on Self-directed Support, which are useful for anyone giving information and support to people on SDS. The Factsheets cover: FACTSHEET: Guide to Self-directed Support FACTSHEET: Assistance and capacity FACTSHEET: When things go wrong with direct payments FACTSHEET: Employment of a family member as a personal assistant FACTSHEET: The duties and powers given to the ...

Targets and Indicators for Health and Social Care Services in Scotland
November 23, 2017

Professor Sir Harry Burns’ report into the use of targets and indicators in Scotland – out now! Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns has carried out an independent national review into targets and indicators for health and social care. The review considered how targets and performance indicators can lead to the best outcomes for people ...

Free e-learning on Welfare Reform and Universal Credit
October 9, 2017

With the ongoing rollout of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and the new Universal Credit (UC) later this year, there is more information for people working in the voluntary sector to be aware of. Universal Credit in particular is already drawing concerns about the possible impact that this might have upon disabled people income. Therefore, it ...

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance resources: Advocacy Map and Human Rights Approach
September 8, 2017

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) has recently published 2 new reports. The Advocacy Map gives a detailed breakdown of the funding and Advocacy services that are being delivered across Scotland and the challenges with this. This should be of real interest to anyone from an Independent Support organisation – to show how Local Authority ...

Audit Scotland SDS Report - So, what now?
September 7, 2017

Members will, no doubt, be well aware that the Audit Scotland SDS: 2017 Progress Report was released last week. If you’ve not yet had the chance to read it, or even if you have, perhaps you would like to hear our take? Our Chair, Florence Garabedian, has commented on the report in Third Force News, saying: ‘the major ...

Working out the cost of Social Care: New Template
July 20, 2017

  For anyone who is keen to learn more about the implementation of the National Living Wage in Social Care, this Component rate for Social Care template is for you! You might be advising or supporting someone to work out what funding they need as an employer of personal assistants for example or you could be ...

SDS Report Blasts SDS Implementation: SDS Not Working as Intended
July 20, 2017

Self-Directed Support: Your Choice, Your Right – The Centre for Welfare Reform: The Self Directed Support Your choice Your Right publication comes up with a clear, straightforward assessment of the current state of SDS implementation. This is required reading for anyone working in Social Care currently. Their conclusions and recommendations are stark: The Scottish Government should ensure that ...

Scottish Government 'Data under Development' report (2015-16): No major improvement in SDS Implementation
July 19, 2017

The Headlines: SDS Implementation rate has risen on average from 20% to 27% 73% of people receiving social care were not given a choice about the support they are entitled to Local Authorities failing in their legal duties to 73% of people receiving support Major change required to ensure SDS will be fully implemented by Local Authorities The Scottish Governments ...

Rights to Care Booklet for Children and Young People
June 29, 2017

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) have produced a really useful booklet Rights to Care that describes the rights of people leaving care, in relation to ‘Continuing Care’ and ‘Aftercare’. This has important connections to Self-directed Support for those leaving care. In 2014, the Scottish Government passed a law that made some important changes for young people ...

the ALLIANCE: Personal experiences of Self Directed Support Report.
June 29, 2017

The Health and Social Care Alliance published a Report on personal experiences of Self-directed Support research that they undertook from October to December 2016. The research included a review of more recent publications and reports into the implementation and development of Self Directed Support, as well as an online survey for people using and managing Self ...

Your Support Your Choice SDS Booklet: Dundee Carers Centre
June 29, 2017

  Dundee Carers Centre have developed an easy read booklet on Self Directed Support which outlines in a clear and concise way what SDS is and how it works. It is generic information that covers any part of Scotland – so it doesn’t matter which Local Authority area that you are in – the information is ...

Lost in Translation: Making Self-directed Support work for BME Communities
January 10, 2017

Lost in Translation: Making Self-directed Support work for BME Communities aims to help practitioners who support people from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities who may be assessed as eligible for social care support from their local authority. The individual and group exercises, case studies, quizzes, and strength based models in the toolkit have been ...