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New Guidance: Adult Social Care Building-based Day Services

Guidance designed to support safe re-opening and delivery of building-based day services for adults The Scottish Government has issued Guidance to support the safe reopening of Day Services for Adults. There is an expectation that each service will need to undertake a risk assessment, put appropriate safety measures in place and ensure clear communication with […]

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Findings from the Scottish Human Rights Commission

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has published research demonstrating that “a considerable proportion of people who use social care support at home have experienced either a reduction or complete withdrawal of support during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The new report details how the removal of care plans during COVID-19 has had a direct and detrimental effect […]

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Face mask exemption card announced

Earlier this week, the Scottish Government announced a face mask exemption card for people with health conditions which make it difficult for them to wear a mask. You can read Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman’s letter outlining the plans here. We know that many people, even though they are exempt from wearing […]

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BIHR Reports on COVID-19 and Human Rights of people needing social care support

BIHR Reports on the Impact of of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 for the human rights of people with care and support needs. The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has released research findings on the impact of the Government’s response to Covid-19 for people with care and support needs. This research, conducted with […]

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Report on Disabled People’s experiences during COVID-19

Inclusion Scotland Report Highlights Disabled People’s Experiences during COVID-19 Inclusion Scotland have published a report on Disabled People’s experiences during COVID-19, based on a Survey of 822 disabled people accessing social care support across Scotland, during the current Coronavirus crisis. They found that Disabled people and their carers are under significant pressure because: Social care […]

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SAMH Research on Impact of COVID-19 and Mental Health

SAMH Research on Impact of COVID-19 and Mental Health SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) has launched new research into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on adults with mental health problems. The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically affected the way we have all lived our lives. These changes include fundamental changes to the way mental health care […]

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New Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance on SDS Option 1 and Option 2.

    Scottish Government have now published COVID-19 guidance on Option 1 and Option 2 for Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships. This document will soon be accompanied by a series of FAQs aimed directly at those using Option 1 or 2. They will be available on the Social Work Scotland website here […]

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‘Connecting Scotland’- new programme to support those who are digitally excluded.

On 7th May 2020, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announced a new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Full information about the ‘Connecting Scotland’ programme can be found here. This programme delivered […]

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UN Rights of Disabled People, COVID-19 guidance

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The UN have published guidance on the Rights of Disabled People. This guidence aims to do the following: bring awareness of the pandemic’s impact on persons with disabilities and their rights; draw attention to some promising practices already being undertaken around the world; identify key actions for States […]

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New Inquiry launched: ‘ The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights.’

    On April 27th 2020 Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee launched a COVID-19 Inquiry which seeks to identify the evidence that some groups of people are experiencing disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus, and by some of the measures taken to deal with it. This Inquiry is open for responses until January […]

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