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The Self-Directed Support Act 2013

What this means for people entitled to an assessment for support.

What does Self-Directed Support mean in Scotland?

Self- Directed Support (SDS) legislation came into force on 1 April 2014. Its aim is to provide people with freedom, choice, dignity and control. SDS allows people to arrange some or all of the support they need to live as independently as they want to. It can provide alternatives to services and support provided directly by the local authority.

Who is eligible for Self-Directed Support?

You must be eligible for social care to be eligible for an assessment under the SDS Act:

What does the SDS act require?

How can I request an assessment under SDS?

You can refer yourself to the Adult Social Work Team. Their duty worker is available between 09:00 and 13:00, Monday to Friday on 873535. Ask for the Adult Services duty worker.

If you already have a social worker, they will talk to you about an assessment under SDS when you are due for a review or need an updated assessment. Or, you can ask them to start a new assessment.

If you are in a difficult situation and need care and support urgently, a more basic assessment will be done initially to get the support you need. When things have settled down, work can start on an assessment under SDS.


Independent Living Project

Anchor Building, Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HR.

Telephone: 01856870777.

Advocacy Orkney

18 Queen Street, Kirkwall Orkney, KW15 1JE.

Telephone: 01856870111.

Email Advocacy Orkney

Web: The Self-Directed Support Scotland website is available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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