EMBARGO: IMMEDIATE

ADASS PRESIDENT RAY has welcomed today’s State of Care report from the Care Quality Commission as being `good evidence that both Commission and the social care services are heading in the right direction despite growing financial pressures placing the sustainability of the sector at ever greater risk.

The report says that the vast majority of services are caring, with 85 per cent receiving a rating of good or outstanding. This is supported by high satisfaction rates of people who use adult social care services.”

Mr James added: “There are clear and valuable warnings in the report that a small number of services are a cause for concern, and thanks to the CQC’s and our own vigilance, poor or abusive practice is being kept to a minimum.”

He went on: “However, ADASS acknowledges the CQC rightly highlighting the importance of leadership, and particularly welcomes the emphasis on the important role played by front line social care workers.”

In a recent speech he praised CQC for its:

  • Commitment to meaningful coproduction and authentic, values-based leadership,
  • More robust inspection findings that we can increasingly rely on, and
  • Growing numbers of dedicated staff now proud to say they work for the Commission.

“There’s never room for complacency. But there’s always room to respect an agency which has seen darker days, is now coming into a well-deserved light and, in their own words, demonstrating increasingly that its work ‘is leading to improvements in care’.”

ENDS

For further information contact

Ray James, 020 8379 4160

Drew Clode, 020 8348 5023 mob: 07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.