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My Support, My Choice – marginalised groups’ experiences of Self-directed Support

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 16th December 2020

New reports highlight the need for a more robust system of SDS for some population groups in Scotland.

Following the release of the national ‘My Support, My Choice’ research report in October 2020, the ALLIANCE and Self Directed Support Scotland have now launched a suite of thematic reports focused on the experiences of different population groups accessing Self-directed Support (SDS) / social care.

These reports explore the experiences of:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • People with lived experience of mental health problems
  • Blind and partially sighted people
  • Women as users of SDS

As with the national MSMC report, a major positive finding is that research participants from these different population groups acknowledged SDS as important to achieving a higher quality of life and independent living. However, some of the experiences shared make for difficult reading. There are achievable improvements that would respond to people’s concerns, build on existing good practice, and increase the effectiveness and reach of positive SDS / social care experiences.

The reports aim to highlight the lived experiences of people trying to access and make use of social care in Scotland today. People’s experiences can be incredibly varied, depending not only on where they live, but how marginalised from mainstream social care provision they are. Additional factors can be related to aspects of people’s identity, including gender, ethnicity, or condition. This highlights the need for additional measures to ensure everyone has equality of access to SDS.

The ALLIANCE and Self Directed Support Scotland are working with our members and partners to ensure that the research is being shared and applied, including contributing to the consultation on a set of new SDS Standards by Social Work Scotland and the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland.

The MSMC research reports can be access via the links below.

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