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Self-Directed Support

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The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 will be implemented on 1 April 2014.

Self-directed support (SDS) is the new approach to supporting individuals, and their carers, who are eligible to access social care support services. Self-directed support empowers people to direct their own care and support.

Self-directed support places the individual at the centre of the assessment and planning process and recognises that they are best placed to understand their own needs, make choices and take more control of their lives.

Dundee City Council is changing the way it delivers social care. This new way of working is known as Personalisation - Personalisation means that people are actively involved in shaping and selecting the services they receive; it promotes greater independence, and focuses on getting positive results for everyone involved.

This means people should have more choice and control over the support they receive. Personalisation allows people to choose the type of support they want to get the results they need. It also means people may choose to have control over the budget for their support.

Self-Directed Support is the process that supports the delivery of Personalisation. Dundee City Council is committed to the implementation of self-directed support and ensuring individuals and families have real choice and control.

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