Self-directed support (SDS) changes the way people with social care needs are supported. It aims to improve the impact that care and support has on people’s lives by giving them choice and control of the type of support they get. We are now six years into a ten-year strategy, which expects councils to transform the way they deliver social care. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 is part of that strategy.
Our previous audit, Self-directed support (June 2014), examined councils’ early progress in implementing the ten-year strategy and their readiness for the Act, which came into force in April 2014. This follow-up audit aims to establish whether councils, health and social care integration authorities and the Scottish Government are making sufficient progress in implementing SDS to achieve the aims of the SDS strategy.