Self Directed Support collaboration up for European award

An illustration of a group of people holding a giant pencil with the European Social Network logo and the text Category: Collaborative Practice

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 relationships between different levels of government, public agencies, services, third and private sector organisations through which they have led innovation in social services.” 

The nomination recognises at an international level the work taking place in Scotland to improve Self Directed Support, including the Framework of Standards, reviewed Statutory Guidance and upcoming Implementation Plan, developed as part of the National Collaboration with Self Directed Support Scotland.  

This work has seen multiple partners from across the public and third sector work together with the ultimate goal of improving choice and control for people who need support.  

The work has been nominated alongside other projects from across Europe, including a collaboration around domestic violence in Slovenia, a project bringing people and services back to under-populated regions of Italy, and an employment café in Portugal. You can read more about all the projects nominated here. 

The award is decided by public vote and voting is now open. To cast your vote you can visit the European Social Network website.   

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Malaga on 17 November. 

Self Directed Support Scotland

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