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Social Justice and Inclusion

lies at the heart of our understanding of a social care system fit for the 21st century.



Social care is underpinned by the principles of social justice and it affords opportunities to so many of us – we must always ensure that the voices of those with lived experience are heard and taken into consideration. Access to care should not be a luxury for the privileged; it is an inalienable human right.

Report after report, inquiry after inquiry, have underlined the disadvantages and inequities experienced by women, working-age disabled people, those of us with learning disabilities or mental ill-health, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and older people. Some of us are still more likely to suffer inequalities because of our education, or employment status; some of us will find it challenging to address our ‘primary care’ needs or will lack the necessary tools to access care because of this.

To achieve a social care system fit for the future, one that is inclusive and offers equality of access, we must ensure that we involve people from all communities and groups as part of the big national conversation about the care they want for themselves and their families. We should determine consistent national and local processes to address inequalities and promote equality.

We, at ADASS, are committed to working with the Government and other public sector partners in the pursuit of social justice and inclusivity. We will continue outlining challenges within our current system, ensuring that future policy is informed and in line with core social inclusion values. And we will continue working to ensure that ADASS’s own internal structure and those of partner organisations reflect these values, always keeping the voice of those with lived experience at the forefront of this national conversation.

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Content Highlights:

ADASS Press Release: Social Care Leaders urge MPs to consider fairness in charging reform

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Social care leaders urge MPs to consider fairness in charging reform - we wrote to MPs on Friday to urge them to consider fairness for people with modest needs in relation to proposed amendments to the Care Act 2014 provisions which cap people’s liability for care costs. 

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ADASS/LGA COVID-19 Adult Safeguarding Insight Project - Second Report (July 2021)

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This second report provides information on safeguarding adults activity up to December 2020.

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Compassion, Conversations and Collaboration: the key to assured and sustainable improvement

Author(s):John Powell MBE

The Social Care Services have struggled at times over the last 10 years to make their voice heard. National Plans have been written and, in some part, implemented. They covered integrating more with health, being more efficient, cutting jobs and budgets and generally expecting the very services that are under pressure to sort themselves out.

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Trauma, Mental Health and Covid - Why Mental Health Support Needs to Change

Author(s):Letizia Mattanza

Letizia works with the ADASS Central team as strategic comms lead. Below, a blog about her experience in getting mental health support during the pandemic and as a person not previously known to services - to encourage all to rethink our approach to mental health.

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week - Reflecting on ADASS Mental Health Network's Work

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Mental Health Awareness week is a good time to reflect on the work of the ADASS Mental Health and Substance misuse national policy network. The aim of the group is to support ADASS to develop policy positions on key areas of mental health policy, with a fantastic representation and participation rom all of the organisations and people that we need to make that happen.

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Change from Funding Transfer Agreements to the Pathway Fund

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The Learning Disability and Autism Pathway Fund will replace Funding Transfer Agreements (FTA) from April 2021 for patients in secure mental health settings with a learning disability and/or autistic people.

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Choice is key

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New Dialogues - May 2017 

Where next for the accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities? 

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Invitation to Quote: Autism Strategy Implementation

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Building on the national multi-agency work on Autism since the publication of the “Progress Report on Think Autism: the updated strategy for adults with autism in England” and the Autism Self-Assessment Framework 2016, the Department of Health has commissioned the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to provide further support to local authorities with the implementation of the Autism Strategy.  Many of the actions that cover local authorities in the Autism statutory guidance are advisory and not mandatory.  This work will act as a reminder and re-enforce some of the key advisory issues.

ADASS is now inviting quotes to undertake further work on Autism, in 2017.

Please see below for full details of how to to apply. 

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The role of the Safeguarding Adults Board chair

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This guide explains the role of the Safeguarding Adults Board chair, including the functions of the role, the knowledge and skills needed and how chairs can develop their knowledge and skills. 

It supports adult social care employers and other agencies which are represented on Safeguarding Adults Boards, to develop a chair’s role (including writing a job description), recruit a chair and support their continuing professional development and learning requirements.

It’s been developed by Skills for Care in partnership with the Local Government Association and the National Network for Chairs of Safeguarding Adults Boards.

It brings together information and documents from local Safeguarding Adults Boards and other relevant bodies. You can find a list of these at the end.

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