How is SDS working in practice?

Download The Report

Download the report


The Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act became live on 1 April 2014and is part of the Scottish Government’s long term strategy for working with local and national organisations to support changes to social care delivery.

The Self-Directed Support Strategy 2010-2020 is now over half-way through and as such the Scottish Government has engaged widely with key stakeholders to understand progress and issues in implementing Self-Directed Support.

Click right to access a short report which outlines the Government’s findings from the engagement activities and highlights what is working well, what the issues are influencing implementation, and the things that need to be done differently.

Working with with local and national organisations, the Government will use the report to develop a national workplan for 2016-18. This will include a small number of key things all those involved in SDS need to work together on over the next 2 years. There will be another workplan for 2018-2020.

The government would like to hear from stakeholders if they: 

  • think there is anything big or essential missing or wrong in the report;
  • have stories to share about using support to achieve choice and control; or
  • have case studies that show how things have changed in your organisation to enable Self-directed Support to work.

You can contact the Scottish Government's SDS team at at the email address