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Sunday Feb 22
Adrian Goldberg from Radio 5 Live talks about the near 15000 safeguarding alerts in England last year. The 1 hour programme tackles concern about uncovered abuse in care homes, the 4500 upheld claims and the concerns from individuals about their own relatives experiences; including West Sussex Orchid View. David Pearson responded to the allegation that there is a problem with half the care homes in the country, citing 7000 issues of concern being addressed, which is too many. David provides explanation of how the system works, how care homes might investigate some complaints and how safeguarding investigations need to be proportionate.
On the Web
Statement to BBC
In an article about thousands of complaints made about elderly care in England on the BBC News website by Claire Savage, David Pearson is quoted in response to the West Sussex Orchid view safeguarding concerns
David Pearson, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:
"Needs are rising as resources are falling. Adult social services have sustained a 26% reduction in funding since 2010.
"Prevention is better than cure and we need to ensure there is sufficient training and investment in care staff.
"It is crucial that we have sufficient social workers working with other professionals to carry out investigations."
“We have a choice to increase spending on adult social care and we must” is the headline for this article in the New Statesman.
David Pearson’s blog for the Statesman highlights the rising demographic, the falling spend by authorities and incongruity of the situation when we take for example the certain significant impact of dementia on our system in coming years.
David challenges the notion that continued reductions public spending on social care is acceptable after 5 years.
A day in the life of an ADASS policy officer
See Jonathan leaping the bench-marks at:
Friday February 20
Jonathan talks about his “un-normal” role as a policy officer for adass. With a kettle whistle alarm at 6am and an early morning run and a 4.5 hour daily ‘uber commute’ to Smith Square; Jonathan then takes a long view when it comes to making policy change. There is a picture of him or someone like him bounding over a bench seat in a park. You might need a lie down after reading this one!
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Lorraine Currie who is the project lead for West Midlands for the review of DoLs forms writes about placing the person at the centre of the process. She talks about how the West Midlands Regional group undertook and audit, learned from it and changed things.
As we await DoLs 2 - “the sequel” as Lorraine puts it, she hopes that the new forms will will reduce time spent on bureaucracy to allow a better focus on where it matters; the people.