CSCI chair describes vision of Œchoice¹ in social care sector

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Dame Denise Platt, chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), has praised the social care industry for pioneering greater choice through schemes such as direct payments that put people – rather than service providers – in control of their own care. Speaking at the Local Government Chronicle conference in London, she also warned that practice often fails to deliver policy intentions and that the industry needs to do much more to achieve best outcomes for the people who use social care. She said: “At its best, social care is about empowering people and supporting people to live the life they want, not the one we think they should have. Of course, the priority for social services must be in ensuring people are not in danger and removing the risk of harm. But the service should also open up new opportunities for people and empower them to make choices. “Most would agree that their aim is to remove the barriers that get in the way of this happening. But the front line practice often fails to live u

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