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SDSS response to SDS Improvement Plan consultation

The forthcoming SDS Improvement Plan aims to drive forward the implementation of Self Directed Support over the coming years. In response to the consultation around the draft plan, SDSS spoke with our members to find out what is important to them, what they believe needs to happen to improve SDS in the coming years, and […]

EHRC Research: identifies clear barriers to people tying to complain about Social Care issues

Equality watchdog highlights barriers faced by those challenging social care decisions in Scotland Some adults receiving social care in Scotland are unsure of how to challenge decisions about their care, according to new research published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). An accompanying survey of local authorities, also published today by Britain’s equality […]

Self Directed Support in Moray

Research on people’s experiences of Self Directed Support in Moray Moray Wellbeing Hub want to hear the voice and experience of people across Moray using social care services, and their carers. The are interested in speaking to people who have a Self-Directed Support package – or care for someone who does – to find out: […]

Updated SDS Statutory Guidance – information sessions for SDSS members

The Scottish Government published the updated SDS Statutory Guidance on 21st November 2022. You can see the newly updated Guidance here: The Guidance has incorporated a number of recent developments, as well as others that have occurred over the last eight years, including: The SDS Standards Parts of the COVID-19 SDS Guidance The Carers […]

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 […]