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Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act 2013 came into force in 2014. Self-directed Support enables adults and children and young people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget.

Children in Scotland was funded from 2013-2015 to help implement the Scottish Government’s commitment to the provision of independent information and support for children and young people on Self-directed Support.

"I Want the Same As You: Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support" is the final report of this two year project, produced by Dr Susan Elsley and Children in Scotland. This report was published July 2015. 

"I Want the Same As You" considers what makes for an effective independent information and support service for children, young people and their parents and carers accessing Self-directed Support. It draws on:

  • work undertaken by Children in Scotland on Self-directed Support, specifically through consultation and engagement with children, young people and parents and carers and further research by Dr. Susan Elsley on behalf of Children in Scotland
  • evidence from other organisations with an interest in Self-directed Support
  • relevant literature on the provision of advice, information, support and advocacy to children and young people
  • Scottish Government guidance and policy documents on Self- directed Support and other related areas.

 

Click here to read and download the final report 

Children in Scotland has also produced a short, three page summary of final recommendations and key messages from our consultation and engagement work with parents, carers, children and young people. 

Click here to read and download the summary report

For more information contact Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, at awoodhouse@childreninscotland.org.uk or on 0131 313 8810

 

See below Children in Scotland's earlier work on SDS

Click here to read the spring 2014 newsletter on SDS

Click here to read the summer 2013 newsletter on SDS

Click here to read our Stage 1 report on our activities in spring-summer 2013

 

Providers Event: In June 2013 Providers and Personalisation hosted an event in partnership with Children in Scotland to explore the issues around Self-directed Support for children and families.

Click here to read a briefing summarising the event

Click here to visit the Providers and Personalisation website to see handouts and presentations form the day

 

Responses to the Scottish Government consultations on Self-directed Support

Self-directed Support: Consultation on draft statutory guidance and regulations Consultation event (July 2013)
Self-directed Support: Consultation on draft statutory guidance and regulations (July 2013)
Draft Carers (Waiving of charges for support) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (July 2013)