ADASS response to the Serious Case Review sends strong messages about protecting vulnerable adults

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 7th August 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Today's publication of the Serious Case Review by South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) on incidents at Winterbourne View, along with the recent convictions of 11 members of staff, sends a powerful message that such behaviours will not be tolerated.

Sarah Pickup, ADASS President noted that the report sends strong messages across the sector about providers responsibilities, duty of care and governance requirements and for both health and social care commissioners to work closely together to provide local, community based support for people with behaviours which challenge.

Mrs. Pickup said "There are a number of lessons to be learnt from this experience for all people with complex needs who are placed in closed facilities away from family, friends and support networks".

Andrea Pope- Smith, ADASS Safeguarding Lead said "Our (ADASS) approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults is well established, but the review emphasizes the need for safeguarding to be  robust and joined up across all parties, in order to deliver a timely, meaningful and positive outcome for people at risk of being abused. To do this, we must ensure that the voices of people who use service, their families and carers is listened to and heard".

?Finally Mrs. Pickup said "The Serious Case Review is thorough and honest and provides a helpful way forward to shape our learning and improvement and builds on the interim report already published by the Department of Health, and ADASS will continue to take a lead role in both shaping and supporting these improvements nationally".


For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 556300
Andrea Pope-Smith, ADASS Safeguarding Lead, 01384 815800

The report may be accessed here

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.

'Personalisation' is a term used to describe a number of ways in which vulnerable adults and their carers can receive a mixture of local authority and government money in order to pay directly for the care services they need without direct social services involvement.

They will be helped in making an assessment of their needs and finances by social workers who will also involve and consider the needs and availability of carers. Any contractual agreement is therefore between the individual and the care worker or operator.

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