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Journal article

What does it take to blow the whistle?

Author:
HARBRIDGE Elinor
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 28(1), 2014, p.5.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

This piece explains that there is a law to protect whistle blowers but that it is less protective if, as a last resort the whistle blower go to the press. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Advocacy with teeth

Author:
SCHWEHR Belinda
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 28(1), 2014, pp.10-12.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Under the Care Act , from April 2015 onwards, 'paid for' independent advocacy, can be procured through the local authority in the context of assessment and care planning, if there is no-one else appropriate to do it, unpaid. This article looks at the circumstances, which are broader than the Mental Capacity Act IMCA obligations (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Councils must understand the law

Author:
SCHWEHR Belinda
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 27(3), 2014, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The author reports on a rare second Ombudsman's report into a councils maladministration which shows that legal literacy among senior management, social work staff and Council Members is essential. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

New rights under the Care and Support Bill

Author:
SCHWEHR Belinda
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 27(2), 2013, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The author looks at three areas of the Care and Support Bill: the rights of carers, rights to funded advocacy and eligibility. Under the Bill carers will have rights to funding for services for the first time and there will be funding for independent advocates for those who will struggle to navigate the social care system alone. However, as the author explains, eligibility criteria may mean that people with moderate needs will fall outside the system. (Original abstract)

Journal article

A voice for England?

Author:
BOURLET Gary
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 26(4), 2013, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Scotland and Wales have their own national self-advocacy organisations but not England. The author believes England needs its own organiseation to represent people with learning difficulties so their voice can be heard. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Is it lawful to base a home care package on the cost of care home care?

Author:
SCHWEHR Belinda
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 26(4), 2013, pp.8-9.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The author considers a council's legal responsibilities in offering home care after an offer of care in a home has been refused. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Winterbourne - why it happened and how to prevent it happening again.

Author:
COTTIS Tamsin
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 26(4), 2013, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Respond has been commissioned by the Department of Health to provide support for the patients abused in Winterbourne View Hospital. The author describes how Respond is looking forward to playing their part in preventing such scandals ever happening again. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Getting connected - how to make community care a reality

Author:
MORRIS David
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 26(4), 2013, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The author describes the work of a new Centre - the Centre for Citizenship and Community - and its role in helping service organisations develop practical approaches to community connection. Historically, he argues, services have developed with little focus on this critical part of the community care agenda. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

What would I want from a support planner?

Author:
TONER Liam
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 26(4), 2013, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The question provides an interesting way to look at the role of the support-planner and the support plan itself. The author, who has worked as a support planner and has helped members of his family to use personal budgets, describes what his dream support planner would be like. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Premature deaths - how many could be avoided?

Authors:
MARRIOTT Anna, HESLOP Pauline
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 27(1), 2013, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

An inquiry into premature deaths among people with learning disabilities revealed that over a third could have been avoided through good quality health care. The authors, who were part of the research team, report on their findings. (Publisher abstract)

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