ADASS regrets closure of SCA

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 2nd November 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have joined voices with individuals and organisations in regretting the closure of the Social Care Association which was announced recently.</P> <P align="justify>according" to Sarah Pickup, President of ADASS, "The SCA, and its forerunner, the Residential Care Association, has played a significant role over the past 60 years and more in promoting, defending, and applying all that is best about social work and social care in both the home care, and in care home, settings.

"The Association has also produced, encouraged and been supported by some of the most distinguished names that social work, as a profession, has produced.

"All of us in ADASS regret the loss this closure represents for our profession, and the standards of care that have become synonymous with membership of the SCA. As well as respecting its past, we wish all of its current staff and members the very best for the future."

ENDS

For further information contact:

Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf.

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here