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SDSS Members get up to speed on latest sector news at 2022 AGM

This year’s SDSS AGM, ‘Progress through Partnership’, saw more than 50 people from our member organisations and across the sector get together to hear the latest updates on Self Directed Support and share learning in a series of workshops.  As well as taking part in a formal AGM, where members of the SDSS Board were […]

Self Directed Support collaboration up for European award

Social Work Scotland’s SDS Team have been nominated for an award at this year’s European Social Services Awards, hosted by the European Social Network.  The team have been nominated in the Collaboration category, for work alongside partners including Self Directed Support Scotland, and others, in improving the implementation of SDS.  The Collaboration Award honours “cooperative […]

New research highlights individuals’ experiences of SDS

Two new pieces of research have been published, which explore individuals’ experiences of Self-directed Support.  An article by researchers based at Stirling University gathered the views of more than 120 disabled people who had accessed (or tried to access) SDS. The report reflects both positive and negative experiences, and highlights some of the changes needed […]

Call to get involved in designing the National Care Service

As the Scottish Government progresses with plans to develop the new National Care Service, they are inviting individuals and organisations to get involved and help design the service. Announcing the opening of applications to a new Lived Experience Expert Panel, and a Stakeholder Register for organisations, they said: “We want to have a National Care […]

Updated SDS standards published

The Scottish Government’s framework of standards for the implementation of Self-directed Support have recently been updated to include a 12th standard.  The standards are written specifically for local authorities, to provide them with an overarching structure for further implementation of the SDS approach and principles.  They also provide Independent Support Organisations with a framework for […]

The National Care Service: the bill and how service design will progress

Yesterday’s meeting of the Scottish Government Personal Assistant Programme Board, provided further insight into the progression of the National Care Service Bill,  due to introduced to Parliament later this month.  It’s the first step in legislating a change of model and highlighted were its stages and timeline and the opportunities that people will have to […]

Annual PA Workforce Survey

A survey to influence the Personal Assistants (PA) Programme Board and provide tangible support to improve the situation for personal assistants in Scotland has been launched by SDSS. You may be aware of the work of the PA Programme Board: a channel for Scottish Government and a range of stakeholders, including independent organisations like ourselves, […]

Civil Rights First Training Survey: Tell us what you’d like included

A training opportunity for all members SDS Scotland are now planning to develop a training programme for members during 2022 – 2023. One of the opportunities we would like to offer comes from an organisation called Civil Rights First. Civil Rights First is a FREE advice and advocacy service to all citizens, on a range […]

Developing the Personal Assistant Handbook: looking for PA involvement

Looking for PAs to share their story and make a Video Case Study SDS Scotland are developing a Personal Assistant Handbook for all PAs across Scotland. This will be a sister publication of the online PA Employer Handbook that you can find here: The PA Employer Handbook As part of this development SDS Scotland have […]

New Updated Guidance from Scottish Government of SDS during Pandemic

Guidance reinforces need for increased flexibility for SDS during the Pandemic The Guidance covers both children and adult services. The aim of the Guidance is to: ‘. . . ensure supported people have flexibility of choice over how they manage their SDS budgets to meet their personal outcomes. This guidance also enables local authorities and […]