CASCAIDr wants to support councils to excel at this very difficult time.
We know that social work staff did not sign up to do the minimum for vulnerable adults.
And we fervently hope to see a new approach to the value of social work and social care, after the virus is beaten, across government and amongst the public.
The number of people volunteering to offer care and support via the “NHS” volunteer scheme is testament to the importance of a social care safety net in our society.
Our request is that the public shares its experience, via this particular page, with a description of anything good that their council is doing or saying, under the Care Act, whilst the normal Care Act legal duties are on ice and everyone has to accept being prioritised, rather than having enforceable legal rights to any particular quality of life.
- You might tell us, for instance, about a policy on screening for assessment for instance, a website for supported self-assessment, or a statement of categories of service users or types of needs that aren’t going to be thought to be able to sustain a cut.
- It might be some clear advice and information about a policy for letting people’s relatives be paid out of the direct payment, albeit that they live in the same household. If it’s not necessary now, when would it ever be?
- Or it could be a policy that your council has decided upon for deferring charges for social care, for the duration of the crisis, perhaps, or using its discretion for increasing the Minimum Income Guarantee?
- It might be about a council’s indication of the sort of situations where the council publicises in advance that there would be a breach of human rights if the needs were not met – or what criteria it’s going to use.
So here’s our invitation:
- We are keen to hear about – and publicise – sound, rational, sensitive, humane policies and practices from Councils or Care Trusts.
- You don’t need to name yourself, publicly, if you don’t want to – your email address won’t be shown and if you don’t even want your NAME to show, simply omit to fill out the name box, and you will be shown as Anonymous.
- You can choose whether or not to mention the council’s name.
- You must anonymise the name of the person whose situation or stance you’re describing, if it’s not you – whether a service user or a worker. We suggest how to do that below.
We won’t publish material that we think is negative – it’s not the time or the place.
- We are not saying don’t give us bad examples, or problems; we are saying that those need to be treated differently, please note.
- If it’s a policy or general approach issue, do still give us it, please, on the form below, and we will reply privately to you with suggestions about how to get poor practice changed – we can exert some leverage with a simple letter as to why it’s not a great idea.
- Examples that come to mind are the stories of surgeries sending consent forms for DNRs to be filled out in care homes on the basis that people over a certain age ‘won’t be offered hospitalisation or a ventilator’. Words fail us. But letters to CCGs and councils rarely do!
We’ll be moderating the material posted to the form at the bottom of this page, behind the scenes, so accounts of bad practice or policy will be treated as referrals for a free steer as to their legality, not put up on this page.
Anything that is put up on this page as an example of good practice can be further clarified by the council or Care Trust being promoted, via a further comment.
Our government will need an evidence basis for doing the 6 monthly monitoring of the Care Act easements, to which it has committed, regarding the hugely important decision as to when to resume “normal” Care Act services, based on legal rights and duties. This page can be a source of evidence of good approaches, and that might help the whole sector back to normality, sooner.
If it’s an individual’s difficulty you need to get some help on, please tell us on our referral form on the top line menu bar, above, in the normal way.
How we’re surviving the crisis, as an organisation with no public funding stream
- Unless charities get financial assistance, our Corona Crisis Mode is limited to a private free steer on all such issues.
- Like every other charity, we’re scrabbling for grants, philanthropy, and donations.
- We can and will make referrals on to law firms with capacity to take on cases that compel urgent action.
- Any law firm that wants to offer us information about its credentials for this kind of work, and is willing to support us legitimately following SRA rules, Legal Aid rules or under its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy is welcome to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS Don’t forget that we’re also providing free template letters for use by all members of the public in their own names, who want to know the right way to assert their case, politely and calmly, as one that must or really should be prioritised – the link to that page is HERE where they will be going up over the next few days, if we can survive, financially
May we suggest that you copy and paste the most relevant form of wording below, into the Comment box below, before continuing to type in your own local story or good/not so good practice example:
My council is [name of the Council or Care Trust]…
I /Mr X/ Ms Y applied for adult social services, since the beginning of the virus crisis and …
I / Mr X / Ms Y … am/is an existing adult client with a current care package/direct payment for care and support and …
I am an unpaid carer to a person who has been getting adult social care services, and …
And then continue with the example of good practice, please, here
eg … the council / Care Trust is saying that…