ADASS backs new Code of Conduct and Training Standards

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 30th July 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed publication of a code of conduct and minimum training standards for social care workers working with adults. The Code*, issued jointly by Skills for Care and Skills for Health, has been supported by the ADASS Workforce Network throughout its development.

According to Network co-chair Jo Cleary, the Association will make sure that these standards are promoted throughout our own ADASS networks and communications channels, and we shall be urging all our staff to participate.

ADASS is particularly grateful to the two organisations for continuing to advance best practice standards in personal care and support.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Jo Cleary, Joint Chair, ADASS Workforce Network, 020 7926 4786
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

* See http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/home/home.aspx

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.