Risk and SDS


The introduction of Self-directed Support (SDS) is about greater choice and control for individuals. Risk enablement is an important element of ensuring choice, but there are challenges for organisations in how they manage risk and protection in an era of co-production and SDS.

Since the  Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act was passed, there has been an ongoing debate about how the rights and principles in the SDS Act fit with current approaches to risk assessment, adult support and protection and local authorities responsibility for Duty of Care. Risk management and protection have been identified as one of the potential barriers to implementation of SDS.


In June 2014 P&P ran three events on risk and SDS attended by 170 participants.  The resources from the events include Top Tweets, Case Studies and Next Steps: Resources from P&P Taking Meaningful Risks Events

Briefings and Information

 SDS and Risk Points on Practice Report P&P  A report on the key issues around risk, adult support and protection and promoting choice under SDS.

Research report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on risk, regulation and personalisation: Whose Risk is it Anyway?


 Thistle Foundation Risk Research: Working Together in Adult Support and Protection  A report from Altrum and the Thistle Foundation on their research on adult support and protection and involving service users in risk assessments.

The Thistle Foundation’s practical tools for co-produced risk assessments : Tools for Risk Assessments

Crossreach have developed an outcomes based, risk assessment tool for SDS:

Crossreach Risk Assessment Template Day Opportunities  

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