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Have your say – Development of SDS Standards

It is widely acknowledged that the implementation of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 has been variable across Scotland with the Adult Social Care Reform Programme seeking to redress this. The terms of reference for the recently announced Independent Review of Adult Social Care reflect that this remains a priority.

Since November 2019 the Social Work Scotland’s SDS project team have engaged in consultation with key national and local stakeholders, including local authorities, national partner organisations and supported people, drawing on national research to design and test a framework of practice for SDS.

The framework that has been produced consists of a set of co-produced standards, helpful resources and action statements, building on the Change Map, to assist local authorities to ensure greater consistency for the ongoing implementation of SDS.

Open Call for Comment

Social Work Scotland’s SDS project team is now capturing opinions on the draft standards.

They’re asking for comments from personal assistants and registered workers in Social Work, Social Care and Health services, supported people and their carers.

The team is particularly interested to hear thoughts around:

  • The standards themselves
  • Examples of good practice in your area that you are aware of
  • What you feel you would need to support you in your role in order for the standards to be implemented
  • Learning from COVID-19
  • Creative uses of SDS particularly with those who are most vulnerable, complex and on the edge of care.
  • Your ability to practice in a way that is aligned to the values and principles of SDS.
  • Your ability to build relationships with the people you work with

Click here to find out more about the Self-Directed Support project, and to participate in the open call for comment

Information and Discussion Sessions

We’re holding two Information and Discussion Sessions on the Standard, so that as many people as possible can have their say.

Session 1:
Date: Thursday 3 December
Time: 11am – 12.30pm

Session 2:
Date: Monday 7 December
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

Both sessions will be arranged through Microsoft Teams. Please note that only need to come to one session.

To book your place, or discuss any support needed to take part, please contact:

Mark Han-Johnston
Email: mark@sdsscotland.org.uk
Tel: 07775 065653