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Self Directed Support

This project sought to understand where the approach to commissioning and providing care under option 3 has shifted in line with this aspiration; what has been required to enable this shift and what can be learned, shared and scaled up to ensure that people living across Scotland can expect a similar level of flexibility and person-centred support, even when they choose option 3. We sought sites to work with who could demonstrate that they have successfully changed or are changing the way they commission care and support under option 3 in a system-wide way., ideally where the new approach is embedded and generally available, sites who have been piloting at a small scale, were also welcomed to participate. In actuality, we did not find any sites where the changes to option 3 services went far beyond the pilot or test of change stage apart from a small number which, as will be explored in the report, now have well-established new models in place for a particular client group or type of support. This means that from what we have learned in this piece of work, we cannot say that provision of care and support via option 3 has changed significantly since the implementation of the Act.

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The aim of this follow-up audit was to establish whether councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are making sufficient progress in implementing SDS to achieve the aims of the ten-year SDS strategy. 

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This is the easy read version of the guide to Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013

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This discussion paper will explore in detail why SDS is the best option for providing a person-centred, long-term human rights approach to social care.

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Top Ten Tips

The aim of this ‘Top 10 Tips’ is to help you to get the most from the Self-Directed Support Act and Guidance. Both the Act - The Social Care (Self- Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 – the statutory guidance that underpins it and the good practice guides, which are also available, are extensive and finding the right information you need can be difficult.

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This document contains statutory guidance on social care assessment and associated process. It is issued to local authorities in order to update the relevant guidance and to reflect the duties and powers accompanying the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

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This document sets out a guide for the local planning and delivery of social care support services.  It sets out the actions that national public and voluntary sector organisations will take to support authorities to build on their progress towards more flexible and responsive social care support, co-produced with communities and supported people.

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