Welcome to the library

The Resource Library is where you will find a range of documents, information and tools that we hope will be helpful whatever your interest in self-directed support. We expect to be adding to and updating the Resource Library regularly so if it's not there now, get in touch and we'll try and add something soon! The most recently added items in the library will show below, but you can also search for items under the category headings or by using the search button.

SDS Your Choice Your Right

This paper helpfully outlines how human rights, if taken seriously can create a useful framework for testing and amending current practice. The PANEL model could create real accountability for the quality of implementation for Self-Directed Support by rooting practices in a legal and administrative framework that would be helpfully challenging.

SDS Your Choice Your Right

Self-Directed Support Implementation Plan 2016-2018

The National Self-directed Support Strategy 2010-2020 is a joint Scottish Government and COSLA 10-year plan, dedicated to driving forward the personalisation of social care in Scotland. In the first phase of the strategy, from 2010-2012, the Scottish Government developed information to promote understanding of Self-directed Support. The second phase, 2012-2016, was focused upon development of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, guidance, and supporting innovation.  We have now reached the third phase, and there is still a lot more to do.  A wide set of public service reforms have been taken forward since the Strategy was launched in 2011, most notably health and social care integration. Set in this context, the priority for 2016-2018 is to consolidate the learning from innovative practice and the application of guidance; and to embed Self-directed Support as Scotland’s mainstream approach to social care.  You can view the strategy-implementation-plan-2016-2018 here.

“UPFRONT: the benefits of a Resource Allocation System and knowing your budget upfront in a system of Self-Directed Support”

This new publication from In Control Scotland argues that resource allocation systems are a vital part of any genuine system of self-directed support; and that resource allocation systems that provide upfront information about the size of the budget likely to be available remain uniquely empowering of individuals and families wishing to maximise personal control and creativity throughout the process.

You can download and read the full document here

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Inclusive Education Workshop

Here is a short film of the Inclusive Education workshop, which Dr Mary Schuh, University of New Hampshire, USA delivered on behalf of In Control Scotland in Glasgow on 3rd December 2015.

Inclusive Education Workshop

Inclusive Education Workshop

Briefing Paper – Returning Children to Middlesbrough

This briefing paper describes the work that Tim Keilty has been involved with in the ‘Returning Children to Middlesbrough‘ project

Children’s Providers Events

In Control Scotland has received funding from the Scottish Government to support the development of capacity and promote innovation around self directed support.  We are running ‘Children’s Providers’ sessions for organisations that provide support to children and families to explore further what self directed support means to the support and service you provide.  At the sessions you can hear about what we can offer and let us know what would be of most help to you and your organisation.  For more details click here

Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking is an internationally recognised leadership development programme for parents of disabled children (up to the age of 18) and disabled adults, including people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, autism, sensory impairments and physical impairments.

 This programme is a chance for participants to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to campaign and advocate for better treatment and social justice for disabled people within our society.
We received core funding from the Scottish Government to run the Partners in Policymaking programme over three years.  In Control Scotland and Jaynie Mitchell (a Partners Graduate) are running the Partners in Policymaking programme in partnership.  Our first programme took place between October 2015 and May 2016, our second programme started in September 2016 and will finish in May 2017 and our third programme will take place from September 2017 until May 2018.  Information and the application pack for our 2017/2018 programme, which starts in September 2017 can be accessed by clicking on the following links:  Programme Descriptor / Application Form
You can also find out more about how Partners in Policy making began and it’s history by visiting the Council on Development Disabilities website at: http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com

Family’s Stories Mostly Short Film


Keith - Families Stories Mostly image


We held the ‘Family’s Stories Mostly‘ event in Glasgow in February 2015 jointly with the Open University.  Here is a short film of the event.


SDS Quotes of Our Times Postcards


As part of self-directed support awareness week in March 2015, In Control Scotland  produced a series of 8 postcards showcasing some ‘Great self-directed support quotes of our times’  You can view all of the postcards and download copies by clicking the image