On Tuesday 1st April Kellie King, our SDS and Advocacy project manager, attended the Scottish Government launch of Self Directed Support. The launch coincided with the commencement of the SDS legislation which places duties on local authorities in Scotland to offer people who are assessed as needing social care the option of designing their own care package. Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, in launching the legislation said:
The Self-directed Support Act is about empowering people to be able to take control of their own lives.
The long awaited range of guidance to accompany the legislation was also launched on the day, including:
- Statutory guidance to accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 which elaborates on the legal powers and duties contained in the law for Local Authorities
- Self Directed Support: my support, my choice: your guide to social care
- Self Directed Support: a guide for carers
- Self Directed Support: practitioner guidance
You can find web versions and links to iPad app versions of the final three guides here.
The SIAA SDS and Advocacy project team will shortly be approaching advocacy organisations to take part in focus groups to support the development of practice guidance for advocacy workers supporting people through the SDS journey. If you would like to be a part of the focus group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 5566 443.