Reflections on Practice: Self-Directed Support Across Scotland- Supporting People to Live Good Lives Across Highland


The development of a new SDS Strategy for Highland was predicated on an understanding that much of the ethos of choice, flexibility and control had not been fully realised across the operation of our social care system.

We wanted to self-evaluate the quality of our practice in Highland in respect of our delivery of Self-directed support with a view to developing a set of Improvement actions.

An opportunity arose (as part of the National SDS Improvement plan) to deploy an Appreciative Inquiry approach guided by partners in Social Work Scotland and the iHub.

The opportunity was to self-evaluate practice against the SDS Framework of Standards.

We commissioned high quality professional facilitation to run the Appreciative Inquiry sessions from In Control Scotland.