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.

Sharing practice, finding solutions in children’s services – Tuesday, 25th June 2019

This event launches a year-long programme of work, funded by the Scottish Government self-directed support team, centred on the children’s workforce of social workers and support services; championing change, challenging practice for improvement, reviewing work to date and learning together.  At this event, we will be providing attendees with the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across Scotland, hear about practice, share their experiences and be encouraged and enthused to make positive change happen. We will also be joined by young people, and family members working with In Control Scotland and representatives from some of our partners. Leaflet

Risking a Real Life Paper

Making good decisions together around issues of risk and opportunity

This paper sets out the case for looking at the language and approaches around risk enablement in the context of opportunity, (the opportunity to grow, live and develop), together with the implications for people where those opportunities are denied.  It mixes guidance and resources with examples of practice which has both helped and hindered people with disabilities living real lives, so we can learn from it.  To download a copy of the Risk paper click here

No Place Like Home

The economics of independent living.  A discussion paper from the Centre of Welfare Reform.  Written by Alice Squire and Pete Richmond.

The research outlined in this paper, lets us see the benefits of independent living over time.  An individual’s support may vary and needs may go up and down over time, but if we work in partnership with the person then we can expect to see support costs reduce over time.  This is because independent living grows capacity, relationships and inclusion in a way that congregate living finds much harder.

No Place Like Home

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

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


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

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