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

5.3 Self-directed support in Scotland

Here we give you an opportunity to refresh your understanding about self-directed support, an expression of the move towards personalisation in health, social care and other services in Scotland.

Self-directed support enables people to have control and choice over the way funding for their assessed needs is used. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 provides four options for self-directed support, set out in the figure below:

Figure 5.3

Whatever the chosen route, three principles must underpin all aspects of assessment (which may include self-assessment), provision of support, monitoring and review.

Figure 5.4

Direct payments have been around for some time in Scotland and until now, as you learnt in Section 1 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , their uptake has been quite low. The Act makes self-directed support and its principles central to social care provision in Scotland.


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