What is Self-directed Support?
Self-directed support is the name given to a new way of meeting people’s assessed social care needs within the community. It is sometimes referred to as ‘SDS’ or ‘personalisation’. The Social Care (Self-directed Support)(Scotland) Act 2013 came into effect on the 1st of April 2014.
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 imposes a duty (legal obligation) on Local Authorities to provide 4 options to those eligible for social care support or those already provided with services. The options are intended to support the flexibility and creativity allowed under the social welfare and wellbeing duties relating to both adults and children (Scottish Government, 2014).
The 4 options are… (click each option below)
Option 1 “I get the money to spend on the support I choose.”
A Self-directed Support Worker can help you with:
– Recruitment and selection
– Employment advice and guidance
– Financial monitoring
Option 2 “I tell the local authority how to spend the money”
A Self-directed Support Worker can help you with
– Advice and guidance
Option 3 “I let the local authority decide how to spend the money”
Our support team can explain the Option 3 process.
Option 4 “A mix of options 1, 2 and 3”
Option 4 lets you choose a mix of these options for different types of support.
Who can access Self-directed Support
If you are an adult or child with care or support needs you may already be involved with a worker in Social Work, Social Care, or Health Services. You can ask this worker to give you more advice about care and support services and information about Self-Directed Support.
How to access
If you have care and support needs, and are not already known to services but would like more advice or support, please contact:
The First Contact Team – 01382 434019 (for adults aged 16 and over)
Children’s Services – 01382 307940(for children and their families)
The leaflet How adults living in Angus can access Health and Social Care Support will give you more information about self-directed support.
If you have care and support needs, and are not already known to services but would like more advice or support, please contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.