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.

Scotland’s Inclusion Institute 2014 – REPORT

We have now compiled a report from the Scotland’s Inclusion Institute event, which took place on 2nd, 3rd & 4th September 2014 and was attended by over 200 people.  To read this report, click on this link:  Report

Scotland’s Inclusion Institute 2014 Video Footage

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The 3rd  Scotland’s Inclusion Institute took place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2014 at the Seamill Hydro in West Kilbride.  During the 3 days of this event a unique group of thinkers and ‘doers’ came together from far and wide to create a wonderful learning community.  A fantastic range of workshops took place led by inspirational presenters.  Everyone who attended the event contributed over the 3 days and gave us some fantastic feedback about their personal experiences.  Click the image to see some of the video footage from the event

NHS Highland Individual Service Fund Trial – Evaluation

An Individual Service Fund (ISF) trial took place in NHS Highland between November 2013 and April 2014. It followed on from an earlier trial of this way of working in the area and was designed an opportunity to ensure the processes for Self-Directed Support and explicitly Individual Service Funds were developed and tested before the duties of the new legislation came into force in April 2014.

Graeme Reekie (an independent consultant working as Wren & Greyhound) undertook an evaluation on behalf of In Control Scotland with additional editing and foreward by Keith Etherington, In Control Scotland National Co-ordinator.  Please select the link to download a copy of the final report: iCS-Highlands-ISF-report-WEB

Top Ten Tips

In Control Scotland have put together the ‘Top 10 Tips’ to help you to get the most from the Self-Directed Support Act and Guidance.  Both the Act – The Social Care (Self- Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 – the statutory guidance that underpins it and the good practice guides, which are also available, are extensive and finding the right information you need can be difficult.  Top Ten Tips


Thinking About Your Support Plan

This workbook is intended as a helpful guide for anyone who is thinking about developing a support plan.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the tools that could be used or as something that everyone should work through page by page.  It is simply a collection of person centred tools and exercises that we have found useful in support planning with families and individuals.

This workbook has been brought together as part of work funded by the Scottish Government to support the successful implementation of self directed support.  It has been particularly useful when working together with individuals, families, social work practitioners and providers.  Enjoy………..ICS-Support Planning Workbook

Self-directed support Act goes live and guidance launched

On 1st April 2014, the new self-directed support legislation for Scotland – the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 – came into force.  At the same time, new guidance was also issued to accompany the Act and to support implementation.

The statutory guidance can be accessed here:http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/04/5438/0

The best practice guidance for users, carers, and practitioners can be accessed here: http://guidance.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk/index.html

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) hosted a launch event on 1st April in Edinburgh on behalf of the Scottish Government.  You can see a short film about this event with people talking about their hopes for self-directed support at: https://vimeo.com/92865339


East Renfrewshire SDS Film

East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership and SDS Forum ER have made a short documentary film called “The Future of Care in Scotland”.  It shows how self directed support has transformed the lives of some local people.  This film will help you gain a better understanding of self-directed support and give you the chance to see how people have come up with their own natural solutions – the positive stories and the challenging stories too: http://vimeo.com/77577161

Taking the First Steps – Summer Pilot 2013


In Summer 2013, children and families in six local authorities were involved in ‘Taking the First Steps’.  This involved planning and directing how to use a small budget during the school summer holidays in the way that made most sense to them and would help them to get the best outcomes.  Click on the link below to view the results of the questionnaire that families completed at the end of the process to say what difference it had made to them.

Survey Evaluation Results – TTFS SummerPilot – All Local Authorities – November 2013

Directing Your Own Support For Employment

Self Directed Support for Employment We held our 2nd ‘Supporting Your Own Support for Employment’ event in Stirling on 5th March 2014. The event was attended by 86 people from provider organisations, local authorities, supported individuals and family members amongst others.


You can download copies of the presentations delivered at the event by clicking on the links below:

Supported Employment – Cathering Hurrell & Simon Duffy

Access to Work – Hugh John Glancy

Self Directed Support and Work – Simon Duffy

Children’s Menu

This Leaflet describes some of the work being carried out by some of the Self Directed Support (S.D.S) Projects Funded by Scottish Government. If you need help or advice with Self Directed Support one of the Services listed may be able to help you.

SDS childrens Menu v 8 (final)