Balancing risk and capacity in assessing for and delivering self-directed support is a challenging area. The Evaluation of the Self-directed Support Test Sites in Scotland found that cross referencing between self-directed support and adult protection remained in its infancy during the test sites.
Choice and control, the two main principles of self-directed support, are what everyone wants for themselves and those they care for. But sometimes the decisions they make seem too risky to others.
We worked with a team of practitioners in the Scottish Borders who were keen to explore, co-design and deliver practical solutions and tools to support this aspiration.
For our key learning points and the resources we co-designed, please see https://pilotlight.iriss.org.uk/sds-and-risk-and-capacity