SUSE Updates Information on Self-Directed Support

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The Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) has updated the website’s personalisation pages, to include background information on what is self-directed support; its origins and common terms.


What is Self-directed Support (SDS)?


Put simply, SDS is an approach to social care that puts people at the centre of the support planning process. It is not a service in itself. It may be helpful to think of SDS as a tool box in which the right tool can be selected to achieve the right outcome. The tools in this case are the options that can be offered to someone to ensure that their social care package is delivered to suit them.


There are many myths and confusions around what SDS actually means and how it works in practice.  This may be partly because there are a number of terms and concepts associated with SDS which seem to have been used interchangeably or incorrectly with the result that the message has become even more muddled.


The personalisation pages will be of interest to service providers and clients.


They complement leaflets on self directed support and employment, which are available to down-load here.


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If you’d like to order hard copies of the leaflets please contact SUSE:


William McWilliams/Margaret Jackson


RNIB Scotland

Moulsdale House
24D Milton Road East
Edinburgh EH15 2NJ