Self-directed Support in Scotland

Welcome to the Scottish Government's Self-directed Support (SDS) website.

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.

  • How to contact us?

    • Please contact us if you have any concerns about our privacy policy or information we hold about you. You can contact us:
    • by emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • or by writing to us at: Scottish Government, Care, Support and Rights, GE15, St Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG.


    Your rights:

    Taking part in this survey gives you an opportunity to provide your views on the new Self-directed Support Implementation Plan 2019-2021. Participation is entirely voluntary and we are grateful for your participation.


    Data Protection legislation gives rights to individuals in respect of the personal data that organisations hold about them. These include the right to:

    • access a copy of the information an organisation holds about them;
    • object to processing that is likely to cause or is causing damage or distress;
    • prevent processing for direct marketing;
    • object to decisions being taken by automated means;
    • have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed in certain circumstances; and
    • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Act.


    If you are concerned about our information rights practices, you should contact us directly. However, if you have engaged with us and are still dissatisfied, you have the right to lodge a complaint with The Information Commissioners Office provides information on your rights under Data Protection legislation at: .


     Why is this research needed?

     This questionnaire is required to engage with people affected by social care, allowing them to give their views which will inform the implementation of self-directed support in 2019/21.


    Who has access to information that identifies you?

    The only personal information collected in the survey is respondent email addresses. Access to this information will be very tightly controlled and restricted to a small number of named individuals within the Scottish Government.


    How long is your information stored for?

    Survey responses will be stored securely and confidentially, and destroyed under the terms of General Data Protection Regulations.

  • Scottish Government commissioned research into the ongoing national monitoring and evaluation of self-directed support (SDS).  As part of that research stakeholders were invited to become involved in work around the theory of Change.  This Change Map was developed. We are using the map as part of the work to develop a new implementation plan as a means of understanding what needs to change; what is currently working well; what needs to change and who is best placed to do it.

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  • New research from CCPS (carried out by Strathclyde University) into the barriers and enablers for Self-directed Support implementation has been published. This time they were focusing on what is happening in local authorities. You can read it here:



  • Scottish Government today announced the successful applicants to the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) programme. SIRD2021 will fund 31 projects delivering direct and local independent support across 31 local authority areas, to help people and carers make informed decisions and plans for their social care and work towards maximising their choice, control and flexibility over those arrangements.

    From October 2018 to March 2021 over £7.2million will be invested in projects, who will work alongside relevant local authorities, to ensure that more people across Scotland who require social care are engaged, informed, included and empowered to make choices about their support. A full list of successful applicants to SiRD2021 can be found here -