Law Commision Report on Adult Social care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday, February 24 2010
Embargo: Immediate

ADASS President Jenny Owen has welcomed publication today of the Law Commission's consultation on the future of adult care law reform. She said "ADASS welcomes proposals to consolidate and streamline adult care legislation and will be keen to ensure that any new legislation supports the major changes being introduced through the transformation and personalisation agendas.

"The proposal to put adult safeguarding boards on a statutory footing is also to be welcomed but without a duty to co-operate placed on other agencies they are likely to lack real impact.

"The principle of a duty to co-operate however, if established, would place adult safeguarding on a similar playing field - with an appropriate status - that we give to children's safety, and ensure that partners are fully committed and engaged with social services in protecting adults from harm."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Jenny Owen, President, ADASS: 01245 434806
Penny Furness-Smith, Joint Chair, ADASS Safeguarding Network: 01582 547505
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser: 020 8348 5023/07976 837755