Self-directed Support


Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support.

The national strategy for Self -directed Support was launched on 23 November 2010. It sets out a 10 year vision which aims to give people more choice and control over their health and social care support.

The strategy is driven by supported people, providers, local authorities, national support organisations, Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

The programme seeks to make best use of the strengths that people, communities and the workforce have to achieve transformational change in social care provision.

The strategy is under-pinned by legislation and an implementation programme which aims to:

  • create vibrant communities where everyone can learn, work and socialise together; and;
  • empower people who need support to exercise choice and control to meet their personal outcomes in participating fully in economic and social life

Take a look at the Self-directed Support National Strategy. [PDF - 800kB] for more information.

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