Self-Directed Support (SDS)

What is Self-Directed Support?

Self-Directed Support (SDS) is about giving you more choice and control over the care and support you receive to enable you to live as independently as possible. Some people can manage their support on their own, while others need help either from family or friends, or a support organisation. Anyone who is eligible for social care support will, dependent on the outcome of the assessment.

Who can receive Self-Directed Support?

Anyone who is assessed as eligible to receive social care support can request that their support is provided through one of the SDS options.

There may be some circumstances when Self-Directed Support will not be offered. For example, it may not be suitable where there are concerns about Adult or Child Protection. If you are assessed as being unsuitable for Self-Directed Support, the reasons for this decision will be fully explained to you.

How Can I Find Out More?

If you already receive support/care and would like to discuss Self-Directed Support further, you can contact your Social Worker or Care Manager.

If you are not in receipt of care services and would like to discuss your personal circumstances further, please contact Social Work

Information and advice is also available from:

What is an Individual Budget (IB)?

  • An IB is an agreed amount of money that it will cost to meet your support needs and meet the outcomes identified within the support plan. The IB is made up of money from the Council and includes any contributions you may need to make (as per the Council's Charging Policy for Non Residential Services).

Who can I receive advice and support from in relation to SDS?

  • As well as the assistance you receive from your assessor, you can also contact the Take Ctrl-East Dunbartonshire service, Carers Link or Ceartas Advocacy Service.