Share your experiences of self-directed support

People in Scotland are being encouraged to share their stories of self-directed support (SDS) in a new survey from Audit Scotland.

The spending watchdog is looking at how well councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are implementing SDS. When it was introduced, it was a major change in the way in which Scotland’s social care services were provided. Self-directed support aims for people to have more choice and control in terms of how they’re supported, including where, when and how they receive services. At the same time, Scotland’s social care sector is facing big challenges in terms of budgets and increasing demand.

The survey will result in a report, to be publishing this summer, a follow-up to the 2014 audit which showed that councils still had a lot of work to do to make SDS a success.

The report team are keen to hear from individuals who use self-directed support form a range of backgrounds with all types of support requirements and needs. Carers can also contribute.

Auditor Zoe McGuire, who is part of the team carrying out the 2017 audit, said: “One of the key questions for us is whether self-directed support improves the quality of life of the people who use it. We want to know what it’s really like for people using it – from the moment they apply for SDS to making the choices that are right for them, and ultimately how it affects their daily life. We will only really understand people’s experiences if we hear directly from those who are using SDS.

She added: “We understand that a few people might prefer to chat to us informally rather than fill out a survey – and that’s something we’d really encourage. Equally, if you’ve filled in the survey but want to expand a little on a certain area, or feel like there’s something more we should know, please get in touch with us.”

You can take part in the survey by clicking here, which runs until 27 February.

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