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ALLIANCE briefing on children, young people and SDS launched

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 23rd May 2018
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The ALLIANCE has published a short report on the experiences of children, young people and families accessing Self-directed Support.

Following last year’s publication of our research into people’s ‘Personal Experiences of Self-directed Support’, we are delighted to launch a briefing paper looking at the experiences of children, young people and families who access SDS.

With a foreword kindly contributed by Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (this link will take you away from our website), this briefing paper highlights the challenges faced by children, young people and their families when trying to access social care and support.

Some key findings include:

  • Only around one third of children and young people (CYP) (30%) consider themselves well informed compared with about 40% of overall research respondents
  • 29% of CYP had their SDS option chosen by a social worker – substantially higher than other age groups
  • 66% of children, young people and families waited up to a year or more compared to 53 per cent of overall research respondents
  • Two thirds of children, young people and families said they did not have enough hours a day to meet their needs, compared to half of overall respondents

Download : ‘Children, Young People and Families’ Experiences of Self-directed Support ‘ briefing paper (this link will take you away from our website). You can also find links to all our research publications on SDS below.

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