Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
Community Care Online was (very) quick off the blocks to publish an article under the headline Law Commission reveals Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement (with the sub-headline: Government-ordered review recommends replacing DoLS with new two-tier system of human rights protections) . So quick off the blocks that I haven’t had time to read it fully.
You can find an overview and introduction to the report on the the Law Commission website which in turn has links to the report itself (all 270 pages of it!).
Leading chambers 39 Essex Street (specialists in Court of Protection and Mental Capacity Law) will be holding a breakast briefing (sold out!) on the Law Commission proposals tomorrow in central London, from which I suspect news, blog posts etc. will emerge.
We will keep you updated. More on this very important topic to follow, obviously…
This is how the Consultation was described: Continue reading
They are actually considering matters other than Brexit (!), and on Monday 20th February MPs considered the thorny issue of employment rates amongst the learning disabled, and the support given to people with learning disabilities. Typically, there was some cross-over in terminology, even when current and former ministers were speaking and there were references to learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Continue reading
This is how the DoH describes the scheme:
The Department of Health commissioned the Innovation Unit in partnership with the SCIE to deliver the Named Social Worker pilot project in six sites as part of efforts to strengthen the rights of service users and their families.
This project is exploring what a named social worker might look like for people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues, however, for the 6 months of the pilot, all of the sites are focusing on people with learning disabilities.
The sites will have the opportunity to develop the practice, devise how impact is measured and refine a NSW service model. Each site will be responsible for developing their plan, with assistance and coaching from the Innovation Unit and SCIE team.
It is hard not to be come angry and depressed at its analysis of what has and is still going wrong; you may even feel some sympathy for social care professionals, faced with systemic pressure to ‘de-professionalise’. Continue reading