Self Directed Support


Welcome to our new webpages dedicated to information and guidance on self-directed support.

We want to make these pages as helpful to you as possible so over the next 4 weeks would like to offer you the opportunity to give us your feedback and comments on the site. After you have had time to look through the pages, we would be grateful if you could tell us what works and what doesn't by completing the short self-directed support webpage online feedback form . Thank You.


Self-directed support is Scotland's approach to social care. It is a way of providing support that allows, for example those living with a long term condition or who are unpaid carers to have choice and control over what kind of support they get. It means that people can choose and arrange some or all of their own support instead of having it chosen and arranged by other people. It is intended to lead to greater choice and control, improved experiences, assessed needs being met and agreed outcomes being fulfilled.

We know people often have a lots of questions they want to ask about Self-Directed Support and the options available to them. Hopefully you will find the information you are looking for on these pages. If you can't find what you are looking for please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or are unsure about self-directed support. 

General information on self directed support; Who it's for, the four options available in self directed support and ...
Self-Directed Support guide for adults and older people.
Self directed support guide for unpaid carers
Self-Directed Support Guide for Children.
Frequently Asked Questions about Self Directed Support
Directory of service providers and community support services available in West Lothian
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