Children and young people archive

This section contains resources and information about children, young people and families to directing their own support

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

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.


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

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)

Building a New Relationship with Children, Young People and Families

This short paper explores the elements of a new relationship between statutory agencies, services and children and families.

Download the PDF:Building New Relationships with Children, Young People and Families

Seven Steps – Enabling self-directed support – Crosby and Miller

Nic Crosby of In Control and Clive Miller of the Office for Public Manangement write about what personalisation means for all children and young people and describe a seven step process for self-directed support and how this relates in particular to children, young people and families.

Download the PDF:Seven Steps – ENABLING SDS CrosbyMiller Oct10 (2)

Real Wealth paper

A paper that describes the concept of real wealth – a term that is used to describe all the resources that people can use to get the life and support they want.

Real Wealth paper

Personalisation Children Young People and Families Briefing Paper

This paper is the first of three briefings to be published by in Control which will describe the organisation’s work and vision for personalisation in the children’s world. The paper does not set out to answer all questions, but rather to offer some building blocks which can create a transformed relationship between the child and their family and the state.

Download the PDF:Personalisation children young people and families briefing paper [1]