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Self-directed Support

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Self-Directed Support Scotland is a one stop shop for National Guidance on SDS for people who use social care and services, carers and health and social care practitioners.

Panetworkscotland is a new website for Personal Assistant employers and Personal Assistants where you'll find lots of information about employment responsibilities and learning opportunities.

MECOPP have produced a guide which has been translated into everyday language to make Self-Directed Support as accessible as possible for people who do not speak English as a first language. It should be used by interpreters and translators to ensure the language of Self-Directed Support is translated consistently for everyone in Scotland speaking Bengali, Chinese, Punjabi and Urdu.  They have now also produced a short animation which gives a basic introduction to SDS, the pathway to be followed and the options available.  The video voiced in five languages - English, Bengali, Cantonese, Punjabi and Urdu - can be selected from the DVD menu.  MECOPP have also launched their Rights, Responsibilities and Respect Project.  The 3R's Project will assist individuals with social care support needs to realise new rights and entitlements conferred on them by the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

Independent advocacy supports people so that they can express their own views and wishes and make informed decisions.

It helps adults access information, advises them of their rights and explores the options available to them. Advocacy can let people take more responsibility and control of the decisions that affect their lives.

The Scottish Government have produced a Self-Directed Support Strategy 2010-2020 and Implementation Plan 2016-2018 which renews Scotland's vision for Self-Directed Support and sets out actions to address current challenges.  They have also produced a leaflet My Support, My Choice which explains what self-directed support is, what the Self-directed Support Act does and where you can find further information.  They have also produced copies of "Self-Directed Support: My Choice, Your Guide to Social Care", and Self-Directed Support: A Guide for Carers" in Braille and audio-description.

You can access both of these by contacting the Social Work Resources Public Information Officer by email equalities@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or phone 0303 123 1015.

A British Sign Language version of the documents is now available.