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New report issues ‘call to action’ around the implementation of Self-directed Support (SDS)

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 6th July 2017

The report comes from In Control Scotland, supported by Scottish Care and Alzheimer Scotland, for the Centre for Welfare Reform.

A new report published by In Control Scotland, supported by Scottish Care and Alzheimer Scotland for the Centre for Welfare Reform, has issued a call to action for everyone involved in the delivery of Self-directed Support (SDS).

‘Self-Directed Support: Your Choice, Your Right’ highlights the unacceptable gulf that exists between the human rights-based approach of Scotland’s landmark SDS legislation and the actual experiences of people across Scotland who access social care.

The paper states that in contrast to the potential for radical change the legislation offers, the reality is deeply flawed.  It finds that this vital new approach to social care delivery is being systematically undermined by poor understanding (by both professionals and the public), inconsistent delivery, significant difficulty of access and no discernible shift in power towards the people accessing support.

The report also outlines the importance of recognising the rights of Scotland’s increasingly marginalised social care workforce in supporting the choice, power and control that underpins the individual’s right to SDS.

‘Self-Directed Support: Your Choice, Your Right’ (Download PDF)

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