The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act was passed in January 2013 and commenced in April 2014. The Act places new duties on local authorities to offer greater choice and control to people who receive social care support.

Self-directed Support  is a significant shift for the whole system of health and social care. Supported people will be given a choice as to how much control they want to have over their budget as well as choice over how their support meets their individual outcomes. For support providers the move to delivering more personalised services creates opportunities for new ways of working and providing more innovative models of support. However there are challenges in adapting culture, workforce and systems and managing this transition.

For more information about Self-directed Support and its implications for providers see the webpage for the CCPS-hosted Providers & Personalisation project.