Self-directed Support

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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 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 to find out more) :-

Option 1 “I get the money to spend on support I choose.”

This is usually called a direct payment. The local authority pays money directly to you and you arrange your own support by employing Personal Assistant(s) or buying services from one or more service providers.
(for more information click here and select “Option 1″ from the choices on the page.

Option 2 “I tell the local authority how to spend the money”

The local authority or an organisation of your choice holds the money but you are in charge of how it is spent.
(for more information click here and select “Option 2″ from the choices on the page.

Option 3 “I let the local authority decide how to spend the money”

You ask your local authority to choose and arrange the support that it thinks is right for you.
(for more information click here and select “Option 3″ from the choices on the page.

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.
(for more information click here and select “Option 4″ from the choices on the page.

Source: http://guidance.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk/service-users/options-for-self-directed-support

Further information can be found in our Your life, Your Choice Leaflet SDS_Web_Leaflet (final)

Who can access Self-directed Support?

Children and adults eligible for social care support services and those provided with social care support services.

How to access?

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.

DUNDEE

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)

Source: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/selfdirectedsupport

Mylife Portal: http://dundee.mylifeportal.co.uk/home

ANGUS

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:

You can call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.

Source: http://www.angus.gov.uk/news/article/90/what_is_self-directed_support