Rethinking Social Care
We need support that helps us live as full citizens, respecting our individuality and our connections to family and community.
Our New Family
Peter Leidy shares his family's experience of partnering with another family to support an elderly relative.
Breaking the ATU Impasse
Steven Rose wonders why Government policy to close ATUs and end the admission of people with learning disabilities to private hospitals has been so poor.
How Unofficial Social Policy Drives Change
Steven Rose argues that social policy for people with learning disabilities has largely been driven by collaborative values-based work, not official government policy.
Collapse of Social Care (2009-2016)
Austerity has seen a radical reduction in the number of people supported by adult social care, with a 40% drop in 6 years.
Social Work and Disappointment
Michael Balkow argues that social work is inevitably a profession that must attend to the inevitable limitations of our human situation, but that this has its own special value.
Is Brexit an Opportunity to Sort Out Social Care?
Bob Rhodes argues that Brexit offers at least one silver-lining, the chance to end the procurement rules which have undermined social care for the last 25 years.
Individual Service Funds (ISFs) in Dorset
Dorset have established a ground-breaking commissioning strategy enabling people with learning disabilities & mental health problems to manage their personal budgets.
Individual Service Fund (ISFs) Agreement
This Individual Service Fund (ISF) Agreement describes the contract between the person and the community service that they choose to manage their budget.
Individual Service Funds (ISFs) Easy Read
This Easy Read guide explains how Individual Service Funds (ISFs) let people manage a personal budget without needing to use direct payments.
Letter on Obstacle for Personal Budgets
This open letter describes a serious block to the development of personalisation in England and calls for clear guidance to commissioners on procurement.
When is Change Progress?
David Zigmond describes his final reflections as CQC closes down his GP practice for its refusal to be fully compliant with CQC regulations.
Assessing Need Under Austerity
Virginia Moffatt compares previous efforts to assess the need for social care with the current systems emerging as local authorities go deeper into austerity-driven crisis.