PA Employer Handbook launched

 

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is proud to launch an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014.

https://paemployer.handbook.scot/

With thousands of PA employers across the country, and with tens of thousands of people accessing Self-directed Support (SDS), it’s important that both current and potential employers under Option 1 of SDS have access to consistent and good-quality information at all stages of their employer journey.

Being a PA employer allows someone using SDS to exercise the maximum amount of choice and control over the support they need. It enables them to choose the people that support them, at a time that is right and in a way that works well for them. Becoming a PA Employer also involves responsibility, sometimes requiring further information and support.

The PA Employer Handbook has been redesigned based on feedback from PA employers and social care professionals, reflecting a number of changes that have taken place over the years. Developed by SDSS, their membership and other key stakeholders, the handbook is a useful guide through a PA employer’s journey. Users will be guided through four stages of information and support:

  • Deciding to become an employer
  • Taking first steps
  • Current employer
  • Ending an employer role

Within these stages, PA employers, social work professionals and Independent Support Organisations can learn more about what makes a good employer and what a PA employer’s role and responsibilities are.

Although the handbook is a digital resource, the book can be downloaded and printed at any point.