Self-directed Support in Scotland

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This is a one-stop-shop for information about Self-directed Support for people who use social care services and health and social care professionals.

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Self-directed Support Implementation plan 2019-2021 and reform of adult social care support

Yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport launched both a programme of reform to adult social care support, and the implementation plan for self-directed support 2019-2021.


This implementation plan sets out a guide for the local planning and delivery of social care support services in the form of a change map.

It sets out the actions that national public and voluntary sector organisations will take to support authorities to build on their progress towards more flexible and responsive social care support, co-produced with communities and supported people.


This plan will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering or using social care support in Scotland. It is designed to enable professionals within health and social care to change the ways in which they work, enabling greater flexibility, choice and control for people using support.


An Easyread of the change map will be available here and on the Scottish Government website (with thanks to Community Contacts and their Blether group), and an Easyread of the full implementation plan as soon as we can.



You will also be aware that last autumn, Scottish Government and COSLA asked for views on the issues and opportunities within adult social care support. We received 54 responses from a variety of people and organisations that gave us a rich and diverse view of challenges, experiences and ideas.


The People-led Policy Panel (a group of people who use social care) and Leadership Alliance have used this evidence and their own experience to determine what the programme should focus on (the programme priorities) and how to do it (the programme workstreams). We have also developed the shared vision for adult social care response from that evidence, previous work on the ambition for social care in Scotland, and existing national policies.


Programme documents are available on the Scottish Government website in a variety of accessible formats.  There is also more information about the People-led Policy Panel and the Leadership Alliance.  


The purpose of a national programme is to set a clear direction, work on difficult issues together, remove barriers, get better at sharing learning and practice across areas, and put in place national infrastructure to support change. The next stage of this process is for us to co-produce detailed workstream plans, building on current ongoing activity. 

2019-21 Implementation plan for self-directed support to be published on the 12th June 2019

The Scottish Government recognises that self-directed support is not yet fully embedded as Scotland’s approach to social care and will continue to have a focus on this. In 2018 we engaged extensively with stakeholders to gather views and from January to date have been working with partners to agree the national actions needed to support change at local level.

The self-directed support implementation plan 2019-2021 will be launched alongside the wider programme to reform adult social care at Social Work Scotland’s Annual conference on the 12th June 2019.

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