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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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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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Transforming Care Planning Review

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As part of the Transforming Care programme and following on from publication of the NHSE, ADASS and LGA report, Building the Right Support, Transforming Care Partnerships are in the process of drafting Transformation plans to support the development of community services for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge.  The process and timeline for the development of Transformation plans is outlined in the attached document, with plans due to be submitted to NHSE regional teams on the 8 February as part of a regional review process. 

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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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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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