Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
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
This inquiry will, in essence examine whether local authorities have enough money to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act. It is prompted by demands from non-governmental organisations such as the Centre for Welfare Reform, and by warnings from worried local authority representatives.
The Committee Chair Clive Betts MP explained: “Adult Social Care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets. Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.” Continue reading
The deadline for responses is Monday 4th July 2016.
Note: this inquiry is by the APPG on Disability (there is a separate APPG on Learning Disability), but persons with a learning disability, their parents, family or carers, may have relevant experience of or opinions about employment.
Here are full details of the questions being asked, and the instructions for submitting a response: Continue reading
The DoH is asking individuals and groups to respond to an online survey. It is also accepting written responses. Closing date is 30th June 2016.