Further Reading

Scottish Government Reports and Documents

Self-Directed Support A national strategy for Scotland 2010

Changing Lives Report 21st Century Social Work Review 2006

Christie Report  Commission on the future of public services 2011

The New Mental Health Act A guide to independent advocacy Information for Service Users and their Carers 2005

GIRFEC A guide to Getting it right for every child 2012

Well-being A web guide to measuring meaningful outcomes for GIRFEC

Better Health, Better Care Action Plan 2007 

National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People 2012

Effective Approaches to Risk Assessment in Social Work An International Literature Review 2007


The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.

Culture Change in the Public Sector – This Insight focuses on the topic of organisational culture change in the public sector.

Self-directed support (SDS): preparing for delivery – This Insight considers what can be learnt from existing research, related initiatives and experience elsewhere.

leading for outcomes – This guide aims to provide support on how to lead teams in the adoption and implementation of an outcomes-focused approach.

Talking Points: A Personal Outcomes Approach

Reshaping care and support planning for outcomes – An awareness raising resource for outcome-focussed care and support planning within adult registered services in Scotland.

The Moray Council

Eligibility Criteria for Community Care – This policy and procedure document is about eligibility for adult social care services to ensure greater consistency and transparency in standards for access to care services.

Open University

Foundations for Self-directed Support in Scotland – This is a free online course.

Useful Websites

Self-Directed Support Scotland – national membership organisation promoting Independent Living by supporting, working with and championing the aims of Self Directed Support disabled people’s organisations.

Mental Health Foundation  – Are committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland  Good Practice Guides for professionals providing practical advice on putting the principles of mental health and incapacity law into practice.

Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland) – Powers of Attorney and Guardianship

In Control – Support Planning