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Community Hubs on Self-directed Support

Children in Scotland is working with communities in Perth and Kinross and in Moray to co-produce community hubs of information on Self-directed Support which provide guidance along with personalised information for children and young people, their families and carers.

Self-directed Support enables adults and children and young people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Scotland Act 2013 came into force in 2014.

However, previous scoping work undertaken by Children in Scotland found there is still a lack of awareness of Self-directed Support (SDS) and what this means for children, young people and their families and carers.

This was highlighted in our report, I Want the Same As You: Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support, produced by Dr Susan Elsley and Children in Scotland in July 2015. 

As a result, the Scottish Government funded Children in Scotland from 2015-2017 to work with communities to co-produce a community hub for information, based in local schools in Perth and Kinross, and in Moray.

These hubs will provide guidance on SDS, along with signposting to personalised information for children and young people, their families and carers.

The project seeks to build community capacity, developing and sustaining links in order to provide clear information and guidance on SDS.

Key outcomes for the school hubs include:

  • empowering children and young people, their families and carers to make informed decisions on their use of SDS to improve and maintain their wellbeing;
  • improving school and early years staff understanding of SDS, and;
  • improving integrated implementation of SDS in children’s services.

The project takes account of existing legislation such as the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

For more information contact Marion Macleod, Policy Manager: email

To find out more about our past work on Self-directed Support, please click here.


Resources and Information

Our report, I Want the Same as You, is available here, along with a summary of key messages from engagement work with parents, carers, children and young people here.

One Page Profiles can be used to capture all the important information about a person on a single sheet of paper under three simple headings: what people appreciate about me, what’s important to me and how best to support me. Watch a vidoe on how they work in practice here.

The Scottish Government’s Self-directed Support website has a range of resources for people who use supports and services, as well as health and social care professionals.

The Scottish Government has also produced a range of information videos in British Sign Language available at

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.

They have also produced a short animation which explains what SDS is, how it works and what it can do, and is available in English, Bengali, Cantonese, Punjabi and Urdu.

Evaluation Support Scotland have produced a number of reports which bring together the learning on what works in independent support. These are all available on their website.

Aberlour have produced a guide on Self-directed Support for children and families and It's all about you - a children’s guide to understanding about choice and control through Self-directed Support.

The Open University have a free online course called Foundations for Self Directed Support in Scotland.

A number of resources have been produced by IRISS and partners as part of the Pilotlight project. This includes the Transitions Table Solution Card, which is an outline plan for organising a transitions table at parents nights. Their full range of SDS resources is available at  

Support Me, Support You provides more information and resources on SDS policy, including guidance and practice examples.

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) is a national membership organisation which actively promotes Independent Living by supporting, working with and championing the aims of Self Directed Support disabled people's organisations.

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. It is a membership organisation whose aim is to ensure high quality advocacy is available to everyone who needs it in Scotland.