Training Courses

Practitioners Courses

Basic Employment Law and SDS

A basic level understanding of employment legislation that applies to a person becoming a PA employer and how this can impact practioners decisions regarding their assessment of the persons ability to take on the employer role. This is intended to inform frontline practitioners of when to stop having the discussions with the supported person and when to signpost them to employment law advice and support.

Budget Considerations

Provides an understanding of how to disseminate an option 1 budget, being able to explain this to a supported person in terms of the employment of a PA and the use of contingency monies

Employment of family members

The considerations from the statutory guidance one employing family members, but also the wider implications and potential issues that could arise

Introduction to Self Directed Support

This session would consider the impact of SDS legislation on the powers and duties on local authorities. This would also consider the legal duties in explaining the 4 options by means of nature and impact given each individuals presenting requirements being able to support meaningful and measurable interactions

Reviews – changing option

What is being reviewed and the process involved in changing option and contractual obligations that may apply. This session considers risk enablement and the process of changing options

Understanding the role and responsibility of being an employer

This session is intended for a range of different groups i.e. from frontline practitioners, finance teams, legal teams etc. This explores the potential consequences when Council driven changes in a package evoke changes in the employer/employee relationship potentially bringing the Council into breach of contract with the supported person

Understanding the Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013— a study of the Statutory Guidance

7 Week course taking practitioners through the 100 page statutory guidance to enhance understanding and applying the legal instructions

Supported People & Carers Courses

Basic Employment Law for first time employers

This session is the combined session of our three employer information sessions coveriing basic employment law in the day to day running of a support package. This includes employers document orientation

Dealing with Conflict and Conflict Management

Basic introduction to the 5 factor model in how we manage our emotions during conflict to prepare for success. Understanding our own personality traits and our coping strategies

Developing the Skills of Problem Solving

This session looks at breaking problems into manageable chunks being solution focused and confident in your approach.

Human Rights and SDS

How human rights underpins SDS and a look at PANEL and FAIR in practice

Interviewing Skills

Supporting the first time employer through the interviewing process

Introduction to Direct Payments/option 1

This session would look at DP’s in depth – as we have been informed that some supported individuals decline the practitioners guidance to connect with us as the support organisation. The duty then remains with the council to inform of the obligations of an employer as this then would not be considered as a delegated duty.

Introduction to self confidence and personal coping strategies

Understanding emotional intelligence, the transition of change, how our thinking dictates our mood and our actions.

Option 1

Understanding the responsibilities and basic legalities involved when a person chooses to become an employer

Recruitment and Selection

This session supports the PA employer in understanding recruitment and selection from an employment law perspective avoiding discriminatory practice, unconscious bias and the development of a defensible decision making process

The Persons Pathway to Self Directed Support

Detailing each stage of the Person Pathway and what support SDS Forth Valley offer

Understanding Equality and Diversity in the workplace

Covering the equality act and protected characteristics contained therin. This gives consideration to the discrimination acts that have been repealed and replaced with the Equality Act 2010.

Understanding GDPR

This sessions covers the data protection and information security. It also covers the key concepts in data protection law, including the 6 principles. This is good session for annual CPD, but also essential for those becoming option 1 employers and holding information about their personal assistants.

Understanding Leadership

This session supports in understanding what confidence is by consideration of the different methods of communication. Helping employers find a greater understanding of self awareness and gaining skills in building rapport with others to improve relationships

Understanding the 4 options

This session considers how the nature and effect of each of the options would apply both in general and specific terms, explaining the key characteristics and describing the distinctions between the options together with the varying degrees of flexibility and control associated with each option

Courses for both Practitioners, Supported People & Carers

Engagement of Self Employed contractors

This sessions considers the employment status of a person working with a supported individual and the appropriateness of Self Employment utilising an option 1 agreement. Taking in to account other pieces of legislation, registration and accountability

Introduction to SDS values and principles

Understanding the history of SDS and understanding the principles that underpin the legislation. Looking at the responsibilities and duties with in the act, the meaning of the principles and how we evidence and demonstrate the persons experience.

Understanding the Direct Payment agreement and Employment Contracts

This session is in support of the understanding of the contractual arrangements the person is making with the concil and how this relates to the contract of employment with the PA.This session looks at the responsibilities that the person is signing up to and the statutory obligations that come with this and what the budget can be used for. This also covers the suspension and termination of a DP agreement and what considerations have to be taken into account before this happens

Understanding the independent living movement and the social and medical model of disabilty

This sessions presents the history of the independent living movement from the 1970’s to present day, including a review of all the relevant documents and legislations that form the key stages towards, what is now, self directed support. A synopsis of the medical model and social models of disability is also covered in this session.