SDS Guidelines

A round up of the various SDS guides, if you have a guide that might be suitable for this page please email it to



sds Advocacy and Self-directed Support:Guidelines for Advocates



Self-directed Support for children and families: A user and parent guide – Here you will find information and guidance about SDS for children and young people with social care needs up to the age of 18, taking account of their transition to adult services.



VIDEO: Self-directed Support – Pick ‘n’ Mix

Choosing Your Support… Through Individual Service Fund – Accessible information guide on Option 2



VIDEO: Self-directed Support Videos in English, Bengali, Cantonese, Punjabi, Urdu

Self-Directed Support: Translation Guide

Self-Directed Support and Gypsy/Travellers



Charging for Social Care Services: A brief summary for carers


People As Partners – Scottish Care

Guide 1: An introduction to self-directed support for providers

Guide 2: The values and principles of self-directed support

Guide 3: Outcomes assessment in self-directed support services

Guide 4: Support planning and the provider’s role – This particular guide explores support planning.

Guide 5: The four SDS options and the provider’s role – This guide explores what the four options available under self-directed support legislation might mean in practice not only for older people who use services but for providers. It examines issues related to direct payments, individual service funds, traditional service delivery and the potential of mixing and matching provision.


Scottish Government

Self Directed Support: my support, my choice: your guide to social care – The Citizens guide

Self Directed Support: a guide for carers – The Carers guide

Self Directed Support: practitioner guidance – The Practitioners Guidance


Stroke Association

Getting the support you need: A guide to Self Directed Support – A guide for Stroke survivors and their carers

Stroke, Advocacy and Self-directed Support: A guide for health and social care professionals