Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

1.13 Investigative task

Activity 1.10: Personalisation and Scotland – find out what is happening

Timing: (Allow about an hour)

The final part of this section provides a number of learning activities that will familiarise you with personalisation policies and ideas in health and social care in Scotland. They may also help you to address some of the ‘Concerns and questions about personalisation’ you logged at the beginning of this section in Activity 1.1. These investigations will help prepare you for the next sections in this course, which will move from our more historical exploration of personalisation and self-directed support to ‘real-world’ questions about what this means in practice for adults, children, parents, carers, personal assistants, nurses, social workers, health and social service managers, doctors, and others.

There are three possible investigations for you to follow up. You may want to look at an aspect of personalisation that particularly relates to your role and interests, or consider other perspectives on personalisation. If you have time, you might like to pursue all three lines of inquiry. There are no comments or ‘answers’ to these investigations, because they are all topical areas and will change over coming months and years as the way personalisation develops and is understood and implemented in Scotland. Use your learning log [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to record your reflections on what you find out about, and, if possible, take opportunities to discuss what you are learning with others such as friends, colleagues, supervisors and family members.

  1. Citizen leadership: Explore the pages on citizen leadership on the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability’s website.
  2. In Control Scotland, North Lanarkshire: In 2008, North Lanarkshire Council’s social work services department launched a demonstration project that provided individual budgets to 16 people so that they could, sometimes with their families, design and implement their own care arrangements. The report Way Ahead by In Control Scotland (2009), summarises the outcomes of this project.
  3. Taking the First Steps: Self-directed support for children young people and families: Taking the First Steps, a project than ran during the summer of 2012, was designed to introduce people to the processes involved in self-directed support in a way that felt safe and not risky. A number of children and families in Scotland were offered a budget of £200 to manage in a way that would deliver the most benefit to them and their families. Listen to Keith Etherington of In Control on the project and hear from the families about what they thought about the project and the impact it made on IRISS FM (a website that includes lectures, discussions and debate on current topics of interest in the social services).

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