What is self directed support?

Self directed support means people regardless of age and what help and support they may need, being in control of their own lives and being able to organise support and services in a way that makes sense and works well for themself and their families.  It also means people getting the right information, advice and support so they can make decisions about:
  • Where they live
  • Who they live with
  • What they do with their lives
  • How they spend their money

The Scottish Government have published a 10 year national strategy to take forward the implementation of self-directed support.


Download the PDF: National Strategy for Self Directed Support


In 2013, a new law, The Social care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 received its royal assent.  The law came into force in April 2014 and it imposes some new duties on all local authorities in Scotland in relation to self-directed support.


Download the PDF: Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013


Whether you are someone who uses social care services, have a family member who needs support or you work in social care, there are resources available that can assist you in the journey towards self directed support, some of which you can access through this site which will help describe what self directed support is, tools to help with planning and managing an individual budget, and stories to inspire and give you ideas.

Useful Downloads


In Control Scotland produced a booklet that tells you more about the organisation and the seven steps model.  You can Download the PDF here:In Control Scotland Booklet  pdf


This graphic is of the jigsaw of change.  It shows all the pieces that need to be in place for a system of self-directed support to work effectively. Download the PDF:The jigsaw


Real wealth is an idea that shows Download the PDF:Real Wealth


Links to other sites that have a lot of useful information about self-directed support


Self Directed Support Scotland: http://www.sdsscotland.org.uk/



The Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network: http://www.spaen.co.uk/



Centre for Welfare Reform:http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org.uk



In Control: http://www.in-control.org.uk


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