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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 […]

MECOPP Resource: ‘Challenging Social Care Decisions in Scotland: A Legal Guide’

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 […]

Research on SDS Implementation published

Providers and Personalisation: New Research report into the Barriers and Enablers for Self-directed Support implementation. Their Report covered 5 Local Authority areas and they interviewed 35 people with roles ranging across strategic, operational, commissioning and front-line positions, from a range of urban and rural areas. Their conclusions of the Barriers to SDS Implementation include: Internal barriers […]

Rights for Children aged 12+ with Additional Support for Learning Needs.

On 10th January 2018 the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 come into force. As of this date the rights of children aged 12 – 15 have been extended to give them many of the same rights as their parents and carers and young people over 16 under additional support for learning legislation. The Scottish Government’s intention […]

Support in the Right Direction 2021: grants announced!

Support in the Right Direction 2021: grants announced! On Wednesday Jamie Macdougall from Scottish Government announced officially that Support in the Right Direction (SiRD2021) grants have been allocated. The announcement was made at an event was hosted by Lothian Centre of Inclusive Living (LCiL) , who were successful grant applicants and are delighted to extend […]

New SDSS Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone

Meet our new Research Officer: Dianne Theakstone Hi, I’m Dianne Theakstone and I’ve recently joined the SDSS team. My best buddy (who you can see in the picture) is Merlin, my 2 year old, very mischievous black lab guide dog. I come from a research background that focuses upon co-production methodology with disabled people and exploring […]

New Carers Research reveals impact and lack of support for Carers

  ‘Supporting Carers to be Healthy and Connected’ – Research Summary for Carers Week 2018 Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The survey findings are based upon the 6,828 responses to the […]

Self Management Fund Open to Organisations

This fund is an opportunity for third sector organisations and any statutory sector partners to work together over a short period to demonstrate and build capacity for self management approaches to be strengthened in integration partnerships. Key Information: The Fund is open to applications until 5pm on Friday 29th June 2018 (Now closed) Organisations can apply […]

 Scottish Parliament Report: ‘Are they involving us? Integration Authorities engagement with stakeholders’, where are we now?

In September 2017 The Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament undertook a short inquiry to assess the extent to which stakeholders (including the public, the service users, the third sector and the independent sector) are being involved effectively in the work of Integration Authorities and Integrated Joint Boards. The Public Bodies (Joint Working) […]