The Scottish Government believes everyone should be in control of their life. Some people need support to lead an independent life and advocacy to be empowered to make important decisions about their life.
In order to achieve this the Scottish Government introduced The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act came into force on April 1, 2014 and places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their support.
Self-directed Support allows people, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes.
The Scottish Government has invested £58.8M in transition to this new approach between 2011 and 2017, with a further £9.5m committed in 17/18:
- £3.52m to local authorities to support system and culture change;
- £2.96m Support in the Right Direction Fund to ensure people are supported in setting their personal outcomes and able to make informed decisions (34 organisations);
- £1.23m Innovation Fund to enable third sector social care providers to deliver flexible and creative support and promote culture change through the workforce (21 projects);
- £1.8m various, including workforce development, national partners and evaluation.
Following extensive engagement with a full range of stakeholders, the Scottish Government, COSLA, Self Directed Support Scotland (network of disabled people’s organisations), Social Work Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Care have worked together to produce a National Implementation Plan 2016-18. It seeks to focus activities of local and national partners around the key challenges that were raised during engagement activity.
The Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, officially launched the plan on 1st December 2016.