SDS Report Blasts SDS Implementation: SDS Not Working as Intended
Self-Directed Support: Your Choice, Your Right – The Centre for Welfare Reform:
The Self Directed Support Your choice Your Right publication comes up with a clear, straightforward assessment of the current state of SDS implementation. This is required reading for anyone working in Social Care currently. Their conclusions and recommendations are stark:
- The Scottish Government should ensure that all partners develop a human-rights based approach to the implementation of SDS and a human-rights based monitoring of the implementation of SDS.
- The accountability of local and national government for implementing SDS must be enforced.
- Local authorities must move away from the time-allocation method of care assessment and delivery, which will always be at odds with any effective or meaningful implementation of SDS.
- The use of electronic and other contract monitoring systems need to be examined in relation not only to fiscal savings but the negative impacts these have upon the well-being of the workforce and the dignity and rights of those receiving support.
- Access to information, and to all four SDS options, must be made available consistently across local authorities and in an independent, non-discriminatory way.
- The Fair Work Framework should be used as a method of ensuring that individual workers’ rights are reciprocated and protected.
- Greater focus needs to be placed on developing models of care and support that give autonomy, control, choice and decision-making to frontline workers and those whom they support rather than commissioners and contract managers.
See a copy of the Report here.