Social care news round up
A survey by Community Care and the Care and Support Alliance, of which VoiceAbility is a part, provides shocking evidence of just how threadbare the social care safety net in England has become. Our news round up also covers 'flawed' use of Mental Capacity Act in safeguarding adults reviews, and London ADASS's temperature check report on 'Making Safeguarding Personal'.
The analysis of 27 SARs completed by authorities in London found mental capacity was the area of practice where lessons most commonly needed to be learned. Mental capacity was mentioned in 21 of the 27 reports, and much of the learning was around missing or poorly-performed capacity assessments, an absence of best interests decision-making, and a lack of scepticism and respectful challenge of decisions. Another two mentioned the use of advocacy services as a significant area of learning. In both cases, a referral for an independent advocate was made too late to be effective in supporting the individuals, who had no other source of support to take part in decisions. To access the full report click here.
The Care Act statutory guidance states that ‘Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) means that safeguarding should be person-led and outcome-focused. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control as well as improving quality of life, wellbeing and safety’ (guidance 14.15) This report provides a detailed description and analysis of the 33 MSP ‘temperature check’ conversations held in 2016 (as part of a national programme). The report is intended to inform further regional development of MSP and therefore some information is identifiable by Council/organisation including VoiceAbility’s support in Newham.
A survey by Community Care and the Care and Support Alliance, of which VoiceAbility is a part, provides shocking evidence of just how threadbare the social care safety net in England has become. More than two-thirds (68%) of the 469 social workers and other care assessors in England who responded to the survey said they were expected to cut people’s care because of budget pressures within their council. 28% of respondents also said they did not feel confident that the reductions they made to care packages were fair or safe. Although the Care Act placed legal force behind personal budgets, responses to the survey suggest that the choice personal budgets are designed to offer is rapidly disappearing. Social workers also shared stark examples of the human cost of social care cuts and the negative impact cutting a person’s care can have on their life.