self-directed support

Short Break (Respite Care) Provision in Dundee – now and in the future

Executive Summary
Dundee Carers Centre commissioned Animate to carry out research into the current and future provision of Short Breaks/Respite for adults in Dundee, on behalf of the Dundee Partnership. The main purpose of the research was to help local service planners improve Short Break provision in line with the overall principles of the Scottish Government’s policy intentions: protecting young carers, enabling self - care and working with adult carers as partners in care, by:
• improving planning of Short Break services

Autism Self Direct

Website of the Autism Self Direct SDS service, a single referral point for anyone looking for an autism specific self-directed support service.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Social Work Services Supported Self-Asssessment

This resource aims to support people seeking help from Social Work Services by asking them key questions about their lives. Questions focus on what is working in their life, what changes they wish to make, what support and resources they already have or need.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Personalised approaches booklet

This booklet was developed by Dumfries and Galloway Council with people who are using services, carers, social work practitioners and managers. It outlines the values and principles of Self-Directed Support (SDS) and provides information about levels of support available. It explains the options of SDS and the development of a personal support plan.

Modelling the relationship between needs and costs: how accurate resource allocation can deliver personal budgets and personalisation

Resource allocation systems based upon measures of need are one widely adopted approach to estimating the cost of the individual service user’s care package in a manner directly proportionate to individual need. 

However, some recent studies have questioned the feasibility and utility of such systems, arguing that the relationship between needs and costs cannot be modelled with sufficient accuracy to provide a useful guide to individual allocation. In contrast, this paper presents three studies demonstrating that this is possible.

Self-directed support in North Ayrshire

Video (uploaded to YouTube) produced by North Ayrshire Council on how people can have more choice and control over their social care through self-directed support.

Personalisation: a new dawn or the end of the road for third sector support for carers?

Working paper that seeks to add to the current knowledge base regarding third sector organisations and personalisation through exploring it specifically within the context of support for carers.

Putting people into personalisation: relational approaches to social care and housing

Paper that argues that ‘demand-side’ reforms  such as Direct Payments do not on their own  result in a change of provision in the care and support market. It asks what ‘supply-side’ reforms might be needed in order to bring real choice – the choice about the shape of their lives – to those newly ‘empowered’ ‘consumers’.