Reflections on Practice: Self-Directed Support Across Scotland- Short Breaks in Fife


The Short Breaks team was established five years ago and sits within the Self-directed Support (SDS) team. Following assessment, supported adults (aged 18 – 65 years) who are eligible for short breaks are referred to the team by their assessor with their short break budget in place.

The assessor calculates the budget using a resource allocation questionnaire which considers the needs of the carer and the person they care for. The short break staff have a conversation with the person and their unpaid carer to explore and identify the types of breaks which would work best for them.

The team continue to support the family to use their budget throughout the year to maximise the breaks and to ensure the carer gets a regular break from their caring role.