1.10 Self-directed support in Scotland
Self-directed support is one way of pursuing the policy of personalisation in Scotland. It provides the means whereby individuals and families can have informed choice and greater control about the way they use support to meet their care needs. It is embedded in a number of wider Scottish policy frameworks, including social inclusion, participation and co-production (Scottish Government, 2011). (You will explore co-production in Section 2 )
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 gives people a range of options for how their social care is delivered, enabling people to decide how much responsibility and control they want over their own support arrangements. When the person is under 16 their parents or guardians (described as 'the supported persons') are responsible for making those decisions but they must involve the child as much as possible in deciding what happens. This is consistent with the principle of participation that runs through, for example, the UNCRC , ECHR and the Scottish Children's Charter .
The language of personalisation
Sometimes the language of personalisation and self-directed support can be confusing. Terms such as ‘ personalisation ’, ‘ direct payments ’ and ‘ individual budgets ’ may be used interchangeably and in different ways by different people and organisations. The diagram below is one way of explaining how these different terms 'fit' together. You can also look up these and other terms in the glossary ) whenever you come across an unfamiliar word or concept in this course.