Self-directed Support Service

Self-directed support is the name given to a way of meeting people’s assessed social care needs within the community. It is sometimes referred to as ‘SDS’ or ‘personalisation’. The Social Care (Self-directed Support)(Scotland) Act 2013 came into effect on 1st of April 2014.

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 imposes a duty (legal obligation) on Local Authorities to provide 4 options to those eligible for social care support or those already provided with services. The options are intended to support the flexibility and creativity allowed under the social welfare and wellbeing duties relating to both adults and children (Scottish Government, 2014).

A Direct Payment (option 1) is given by the Local Authority instead of support services to an individual who is elgible for community care support services.  This allows the person to organise their own support by purchasing agency services or employing Personal Assistants.  To find out more about this option, visit our or download our Direct Payments leaflet.

Dundee Carers Centre has the contract from the Social Work Department of Dundee City Council and Angus Council to provide advice, information and support to those people in Dundee and Angus who wish to use direct payments to meet their community care needs. The Direct Payments team also operates a payroll service for people who employ a personal assistant.

The Scottish Government is currently funding additional staff to develop the service and increase awareness of the options available to disabled people and carers as part of Self-Directed Support (SDS).  Direct Payments is one of the Self Directed Support (SDS) options.

You can view our new guide to SDS “Your Support, Your Choice” here.


Dundee Carers Centre, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HB 01382 200422 [email protected]
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