Self Directed Support

What is self directed support SELF DIRECTED SUPPORT – Promoting flexibility, choice and control over care.

What is Self-directed Support?

Self-directed Support (SDS) is a new approach to accessing and delivering community care, in Scotland.  This means that people now have more flexibility, choice and control around their care.  Local authorities must offer one of the following options to those in need of care and support:

Option one – direct payment

Direct payments are cash payments given instead of community care services and are intended to give individuals greater choice about their care. You may also be able to get direct payments as a Carer to help to pay for services or things that would help you. The local authority makes a direct payment to the supported person for them to arrange and purchase their own support

Option two – individual service fund

This is an allocation of money to an individual to pay for the support they need, choosing services from private care providers, charities or the council. The council will manage the fund but the individual is in charge of how it is spent. The supported person chooses their support and the local authority makes arrangements for the provision of that support

Option three – arranged services

The local authority selects and arranges support

Option four – a combination of the above

A mix of the above is used to meet the needs of the person.

Many organisations can help you with information and support with Self Directed Support


The network are a group of people residing in South Lanarkshire in receipt of or who have an interest in the FOUR options of Self-Directed Support, who meet to share concerns, ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and by working together help solve problems.

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Take Control (South Lanarkshire)

Take Ctrl (South Lanarkshire) is the new Self-Directed Support Service providing information and assistance to enable all eligible people to explore the 4 options for independent living outlined in the Self-Directed Support (Scotland) Act now in force.

Take Ctrl is part of Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL), which is an established Disabled People’s Organisation, with many years of experience assisting people to maximise living by helping people gain the information, skills, and support to overcome barriers and make informed choices and can offer support with:

  • Information and training on Self-Directed Support to ensure that you are able to make informed choice about the best way to use your funding
  • Recruiting and managing personal assistants, or engaging with service providers
  • Understanding the responsibilities involved in employing staff
  • Setting up a payroll system if required
  • Meeting council financial monitoring requirements

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Phone: 01698 892372

Examples of Self Directed Support

Self-directed Support (SDS) doesn’t always rely on traditional, paid services. Finding out what is out there in the community is a key part of the approach.

Everyone who receives a community care assessment can ask for self-directed support to choose how they want their services arranged.

Some examples of self-directed support are:

  • Employing a ‘job coach’ to help someone find supported employment
  • Funding a short-break where the service-user is supported and the Carer enjoys a break
  • Employing a personal assistant instead of using a care agency to offer greater flexibility
  • Buying equipment to support identified needs
  • Funding a contribution towards adaptations

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 commenced on 1 April 2014.

This means we will:

  • Discuss with you what you want from your life to find out what is important to you
  • Identify eligible support needs through a co-produced assessment
  • Agree a support plan with you
  • Review the plan with you every year to make sure it still suits