The history of In Control Scotland

How in control began

The values which are at the heart of self directed support are not new and Scotland has led the way in developing self directed support and individual budgets. We have been working differently and moving away from traditional services over many years. Inspired by the independent living movement which helps people with disabilities to live, learn and work in their own communities and by using direct payments, person centred planning and individual budgets we have worked to help people in Scotland get the life they choose and to take control of their supports.

This early work in Scotland helped to develop and progress learning about personalisation, inclusion and self directed support.

The first In Control organisation was set up in England in 2003.  Its mission is to create a fairer society where everyone needing additional support has the right, responsibility and freedom to control that support.

In Control Scotland

In Control Scotland originated in 2006 as a partnership between ALTRUM (a federation of like minded provider organisations) and the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability. These organisations came together to promote the In Control approach and system of self-directed support in Scotland. In April 2009, In Control Scotland was formally constituted as an independent organisation and a registered charity. We continue to be linked to developments elsewhere as part of In Control International.

In Control Scotland is an important partner in the work being carried out to change the social care system in Scotland. It has created a learning community where we can share information, experiences and tools which help make real changes in people’s lives.  We are also able to work with others to have our voice heard influencing policy development and legislation.
We have funded our work through memberships from local authorities and organisations.

We have also been awarded grants for the development of self directed support from the Scottish government, in particular to support the development of capacity and promote innovation in provider organisations.