A new strategic plan is being developed to improve the implementation of Self-Directed Support in Scotland.
Since the passing of the Self-Directed Support (Scotland) Act in 2013 and the accompanying strategy, several multi-year Implementation Plans have been in place to drive forward SDS implementation.
As the last plan expired in 2021, there have been calls for a new plan that will set out the course of SDS improvement over the coming years. With the development of the National Care Service on the horizon, they hope that actions included in this new plan, and learning from them, will influence its development.
The draft plan is being co-developed by a working group including representatives from Scottish Government, COSLA, Social Work Scotland, Self Directed Support Scotland, and others.
They are keen to hear the views of a wide range of stakeholders involved in delivering SDS, and representing people who access – or could access – Self-Directed Support. They are particularly keen to hear from groups or organisations who can feed in views on behalf of those who are under-represented when it comes to access to SDS. This includes autistic people, people in addiction/ recovery, children, people with dementia, people with sensory loss, and people with mental health problems, among others.
The Improvement Plan Working Group will also facilitate online ‘roadshow’ sessions to enable stakeholders to find out more about the Plan and contribute their feedback.
These will be held on:
- Thursday 2 February, 2.00 – 3.30pm
- Monday 6 February, 2.00 – 3.30pm
- Tuesday 7 February, 10.30am – 12.00 noon
Please contact SDSImprovementPlan@sdsscotland.org.uk if you’d like more information.