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Report: Self-directed Support in Scotland: Capturing the experience of people living with dementia.

A report produced by Community Catalysts, captures the experience of people living with dementia and their carers and how Self-directed Support has worked for them. For the purposes of this report in depth interviews with 5 people were undertaken and their experiences of SDS recorded, their stories form the backbone of this report. The report […]

SDS: Towards a new National Implementation Plan for 2019 – 2021

  Wednesday 28 November, 10.00-14.00 in Aberdeen Monday 3 December, 10.00-14.00 in Glasgow The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 made self-directed support a legal right for everyone receiving social care. it is based on the statutory principles of participation and dignity; involvement; informed choice and collaboration. Implementation of self-directed support is a major […]

SDS Collective Launch – 21st November in Glasgow – be there!

Launch of the SDS Collective! The SDS Collective is a group of advocacy and campaigning organisations which have come together to promote improved practice in the development of Self-Directed Support in Scotland. Recognising that Self-Directed Support is the mainstream form of social care provision in Scotland, the SDS Collective exists to address the restrictions on […]

Call to action! Scrap the Care Tax – Don’t tax us to go to the toilet!

The Scottish Government’s proposal to extend Free Personal Care means that disabled people will still have to pay hundreds of pounds a month for their social care, including if they need help to use the toilet when out and about. On October 23rd a protest will be taking place to ask the Scottish Government to […]

Have your say about local communities deciding their own future.

The Scottish Government is consulting on local decision making in Scotland, saying: ‘In recent years, something has begun to change. There is a growing recognition that it is often better for decisions about the issues that affect different communities in Scotland to be taken with more active involvement of those communities. Whether that is communities […]

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act

The Independent Review of learning disability and autism in the mental health act is looking at whether this law needs to change for people with autism or people with learning disability. The review is looking at whether the law promotes and protects people’s human rights. If the review finds that the law needs to change […]

Social Work Scotland Report: ‘Best Practice and Local Authority Progress in Self-Directed Support.’

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 […]

Our take on ‘SDS Data Under Development 2016-17’

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 […]

The Programme for Government 2018-19: What does this mean for SDSS?

Last week The Programme for Government 2018-19 ‘Delivering for Today, Investing for Tomorrow’ was released. In it, the Scottish Government made the following commitment: ‘We will also gather views and consider evidence for a potential new national scheme to provide extra financial support to people with the highest social care needs, so that they can […]

Improving Social Care Services in the Highlands

Improving Social Care Services in the Highlands Highland Self Directed Support Stakeholder Group We are arranging a series of Self Directed Support meetings taking place across the Highlands over the next 12 months. We see these meetings as an opportunity to focus on how SDS is developing locally and how we can work together to […]