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New Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance on SDS Option 1 and Option 2.

    Scottish Government have now published COVID-19 guidance on Option 1 and Option 2 for Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships. This document will soon be accompanied by a series of FAQs aimed directly at those using Option 1 or 2. They will be available on the Social Work Scotland website here […]

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‘Connecting Scotland’- new programme to support those who are digitally excluded.

On 7th May 2020, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announced a new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Full information about the ‘Connecting Scotland’ programme can be found here. This programme delivered […]

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Cornonavirus (COVID-19) information for SDSS members and stakeholders.

  This page will be updated frequently as the situation develops. Last updated: 11th June, 14.10.  As members and key stakeholders will be aware Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing particular concern for those working in a social care context at the moment. There is lots of useful information available online, we have collated the most relevant […]

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Freedom of Information extension of coverage consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on whether certain organisations – or classes of organisation – delivering health and social care functions, but currently not subject to the Freedom of Information Act Scotland, should be brought within scope of the Freedom of Information legislation.  This could, of course, impact on the SDSS members. The full consultation […]

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Programme for Government 2019-20: What does this mean for SDS?

Scottish Government recently launched the new Programme for Government 2019-20 ‘Protecting Scotland’s future’ which can be accessed here. The programme covers a range of policy areas, key commitments relevant to SDS and Social care are as follows: To work with health and social care partnerships, local authorities, providers and improvement organisations to make it easier […]

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Revised guidance on charging for residential accommodation: July 2019.

  The Scottish Government has released updated guidance on charging for residential accommodation, effective as of the 28th June 2019. Access the guidance here.

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Latest on social care policy: Adult Social Care Reform programme launched.

The much anticipated Adult Social Care Reform programme was launched on Wednesday at the Social Work Scotland conference. You can find out all about the programme here and see the programme framework here. At SDSS we are delighted to see the reform programme being launched, and are very hopeful that it will bring the opportunity to […]

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Public Health Scotland Consultation: have you say!

      The Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA has published a six week consultation seeking views on Public Health Scotland and the necessary legislative changes that are required to establish the body. The consultation will focus on a number of areas including: Governance and accountability Outcomes and performance Functions and structure Future relationships […]

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Recent Scottish Goverment SDS reports: a summary.

    The Scottish Government has recently released a number of research reports on Self-directed Support implementation in Scotland as follows:  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  Report 2: Evidence Assessment for Self-directed Support  Report 3: Self-directed Support Case Studies  Report 4: Summary of Study Findings and Implications  Report 1: The SDS Change Map  The […]

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Personal Assistant/People who employ PAs: Survey now live!

  The Scottish Government and COSLA are interested in hearing from people who manage their own Self-Directed Support (SDS) and their experience in employing Personal Assistants (PAs). Your input will help with plans around the future PA workforce and help to make sure that there are enough people with the right skills. The survey should […]

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