The constitution, revised in 2019, clearly defines the purpose, values and objectives of the association. The object of the association shall be:

  • To promote the education of the public in matters of social policy, social organisation and social problems.
  • To promote the relief of those needing care, support or safeguarding and the preservation and protection of physical and mental health for the benefit of the public.
  • To promote the preservation of family, friendship and community life for the benefit of the public.
  • To promote inclusion of older, disabled and mentally ill people in all aspects of society

Objectives

  • To promote the beliefs of the Association.
  • To further comprehensive and equitable social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time.
  • To further the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status.
  • To promote high standards of social care services.
  • To influence legislation and policy, in line with the values of the Association, at local, regional, national and international level.
  • To promote partnership working with people who use social care services and organisations that provide services which share the values of the Association.
  • To publicise the work of the Association and to promote public understanding of social care needs and delivery, and related social policy issues.
  • To further the professional development of the Association’s members and provide opportunities for them to share knowledge and skills.
  • To advise and support individual members pursuing their professional responsibilities in ways that are compatible with the beliefs and objectives of the Association.
  • To foster international co-operation in accordance with the values and objectives of the Association.
  • To encourage membership of the Association.

Beliefs

  • A key barometer of a good society is ensuring that everyone, regardless of their needs and circumstances, has a right to live purposeful and independent lives, as part of cohesive communities, be protected from harm and access help when they need it.
  • People with care and support needs should receive consistent, high quality help, support and safeguards that take account of their individual needs – social, physical, psychological and spiritual.
  • People should be treated with dignity and respect, with no decisions made about them without them, with the aim of supporting people, and their families and carers, to make informed choices.
  • People should be supported to live in their own home and community unless their needs can only be met elsewhere.
  • The best outcomes for people will be achieved when everyone works together collaboratively – local authorities rooted in local communities and local democracy, NHS organisations, central government, private and voluntary providers, community groups and most importantly people with care and support needs and their families and carers.