We want to help you understand and get the most out of SDS, so here’s a seven step guide through the SDS process.
Step 1 – I need support
You or a friend or relative decide that you need support.
Step 2 – First contact
You or another person or organisation contacts your local authority to ask them if you are eligible for support.
Step 3 – Eligibility and Assessment
The local authority will check if you are eligible for support. If you are eligible for support, a professional will look at what kind of support you might need. He or she will talk to you and work with you throughout the process. They will also let you know the expected budget for your support.
Step 4 – Support planning
This step will produce a plan for how you can be supported. During this stage, you will choose how you want your support to be provided, including using the ‘four options’. You can do the plan yourself or you can get help from your social work team member, friends and family.
- Option 1 – You take the money as a direct payment and use it to employ ‘professional assistants’, a support organisation or for equipment and services that help you meet your needs and desired outcomes.
- Option 2 – Either the local authority or another appropriate organisation holds the money but you are in charge of how it is spent in line with your support plan.
- Option 3 – The local authority manages the money and support on your behalf.
- Option 4 – You choose a mixture of the above three options.
Step 5 – Agree the final plan
You and the professional agree the final plan.
Step 6 – Support
You follow the plan and get the support you need.
Step 7 – Review
After a period of time, there will be a review to check if your needs have changed.
Below are a few resources which explain more about Self-Directed Support
Self Directed Support Scotland’s website contains lots of information around the topic. They have created a range of information videos which you may find useful as a starting point:
- How does SDS work?
- What does SDS mean for individuals?
- What are the values and principles that underline how SDS works?
You can also browse the SDS resource library for useful information.