Self-Directed Support: Empowering People Through Choice

In August 2017 Audit Scotland will publish their audit of self-directed support. This event will explore the findings of the audit and consider how we can put its recommendations into practice and continue to improve how people access support in Scotland.


We are now seven years into a 10-year Self-Directed Support Strategy. A 2016-2018 Implementation Plan was published last year which reinforced the values of self-directed support (SDS) and set out actions that built on learning from the first six years of the strategy.

The first Audit Scotland report in 2014 found that councils still had substantial work to do to make the cultural and practical changes needed to successfully implement SDS. The 2017 audit will consider whether councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are making sufficient progress in its implementation.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Audit Scotland on this event.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Hear about the findings of the 2017 Audit Scotland self-directed support follow-up audit
  • Explore how we enhance practice through an interactive session
  • Consider how we can develop knowledge, skill and confidence in our staff
  • Discuss the role of independent advice and advocacy services


09:15     Registration and refreshments

10:00     Introduction from the Chair

Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy​​

10:05 Session 1: Self-Directed Support in Scotland – Where Are We Now?

This opening session will consider the findings of the Audit Scotland report and consider progress to date on the implementation of self-directed support.

10:05     Audit Scotland Self-Directed Support Follow Up Audit 2017

  • A summary of the findings and the recommendations of Audit Scotland's SDS 2017 progress report

Zoe McGuire, Auditor, Audit Scotland

10:25     Delivering Self-Directed Support in Scotland

Margaret Petherbridge, Chair, Self-Directed Support Practice Network,​ Social Work Scotland

10:45     Directing My Own Support

  • Emma will talk about the benefits of directing her own support with reference to the statutory principles of self-directed support

Emma McKendrick, LCiL Champion and Associate Trainer, ​Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL)​

10:55     Questions and Discussion

11:10     A National Approach To Self-Directed Support

  • How we got to where we are now
  • Building on the 2016-18 Implementation Plan
  • The broader context of change

Karen Geekie, Self-directed Support Policy Officer, Scottish Government

11:20     Questions to the Scottish Government

11:30     Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Exploring Solutions

In this session we will look at the some of the practical work going on across Scotland to make SDS a reality, providing examples that you can learn from when developing SDS in your area.

11:45    The Challenge in Moving From Time and Task to Outcomes in Commissioning and in Practice

  • Describing the experience and learning from self-directed support tests of change, and some of the realities 

June Findlater, Rehabilitation and Enablement Service Manager, East Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership​

12:00    Involving People and Communities in Forward Planning

Bill Love, Community Led Support, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

Marie Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA)​

12:15    Independent Advice and Advocacy: Working in Partnership To Get A Good Life

  • Partners in policymaking and the importance of investing in families and individuals
  • How the programme has enabled and encouraged people to direct their own support
  • Graduates from the programme supporting and empowering others
  • Working together on self-directed support – what we have learnt?

Stephen Morgan, Executive Manager (Adult Social Work), Shetland Islands Council

Jane Haswell, Parent

May Macdonald, Parent

12:30    Questions and Discussions

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: Interactive Session

In this interactive session delegates will have the opportunity to explore how we can address some of the areas identified for improvement by Audit Scotland.

13:50    Co-production principles and their applicability within the SDS context.

Gerry Power, Programme Director – People Powered Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) 

Colin Young, Senior Policy and Outcomes Officer, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) 

14:00    Interactive Session

Delegates will explore solutions to some of challenges which may be encountered when building packages of support. There will be a focus on taking a co-production approach, working with those deciding on their self-directed support packages. The challenges discussed will be based around the findings and recommendations of the Audit Scotland report as well real life experiences from across Scotland. 

14:45    Sharing Learning From The Interactive Discussions

The chair will facilitate a discussion of the findings from the group discussions.

15:25    Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:30    Close of Event

 *Agenda subject to change

The Royal Scots Club, 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE


Delegate Rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

31 August 2017

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