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Speak Your Mind! Dementia, and SDS Event

Speak Your Mind! Dementia, SDS and Promoting Individual Autonomy Friday 19th October 2018 – in Glasgow 10:00 am – 12:00 noon This FREE event will look at how self-directed support can promote individual autonomy for people with dementia, particularly in situations where there are actual or potential interventions under mental health, adults with incapacity or […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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SDS Legal Rights Training for Full Members – Book you place now!

‘Making the Law Work for You’: SDS, Human Rights and Equalities A three day training course for SDSS FULL Members SDSS have commissioned MECOPP to exclusively run their 3 day SDS, Human Rights and Equalities Training for Full Member organisations. The training will happen over 3 weeks (1 day per week) on: Day 1: Wednesday 4th […]

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MECOPP: Factsheets on SDS

MECOPP have produced some new Factsheets on Self-directed Support, which are useful for anyone giving information and support to people on SDS. The Factsheets cover: FACTSHEET: Guide to Self-directed Support FACTSHEET: Assistance and capacity FACTSHEET: When things go wrong with direct payments FACTSHEET: Employment of a family member as a personal assistant FACTSHEET: The duties […]

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Get Legal Advice on Self Directed Support: new service available

Three years since the Social Care (Self-directed Support)(Scotland) Act 2013 came in to force, evidence highlights that policy and practice remain inconsistent across Scotland, limiting the potential of Self Directed Support to transform lives. Complex procedures, reductions in Local Authority funding, lack of access to independent advocacy and Independent Support can all prevent people from […]

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Rights to Care Booklet for Children and Young People

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) have produced a really useful booklet Rights to Care that describes the rights of people leaving care, in relation to ‘Continuing Care’ and ‘Aftercare’. This has important connections to Self-directed Support for those leaving care. In 2014, the Scottish Government passed a law that made some important changes for young […]

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