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Its now too late to comment on the proposed Self Directed Support Guidance and accompanying regulations. We know that many organisation have submitted comments and we will have to wait to see what changes are made. LDAS submitted their comments and you can read them here.
Among the points we raised were concerns over eligibility criteria, the assessment process that people are having to go through, the pressure that social workers are under and the need for the guidance to be firm and clear if it is to make a positive contribution towards Human Rights.
Our comments include the following highlights
"We welcome the development in England of a move to a single definition of Eligibility Criteria with clear definitions and a minimum standard for when people can expect support. Councils will retain autonomy to establish better conditions but would not be able to provide less. This way will provide a base level of support no matter where people live or move to within England. These guidelines could be an opportunity to do something similar in Scotland."
"The use of tick forms has become commonplace under SDS regimes. We have received 10 such form so far and we know others are considering these. All are different. Such tick boxes can lead to poor practice. On occasion neither individual nor guardian have been aware they have been completed. On other occasions “conversation” assessments have taken place only for people to find out that tick boxes have been completed afterwards on the basis of what was said. In some cases people are not allowed to see the completed forms even though they have this right under the Data Protection Act. These actions are not carried out because social worker don’t know any better, it is because they are operating under pressure and are trying to find ways of achieving complex tasks within short timescales."
"What is important that a degree of transparency at all stages of the resource allocation process be available so that even if there is not agreement over the level of resources there can be agreement over the method. "
Glasgow City Council has published the following information :
Glasgow are rolling out Personalisation for 816 people with a Physical Disability starting 16th September.
A further 150 people with a Learning Disability will go through the process on 1st November with the rest following quickly.
Glasgow have advised Mental Health providers we have agreed a 1st Feb start for Mental Health.
The Risk Enablement Panels
All have started and will finish by first Friday in Nov.
Providers should have the dates for service users by now.
Glasgow Communication plan
The Communication plan will be posted soon as an external link on the Glasgow City website section http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/Care_Support/Personalisation/.
The Council is very content with progress to date. Please check the website link from time to time for updates...or SCIF correspondence (and coming soon new website).