Equality & Human Rights – got them sorted?
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Safe, Responsive, Caring, Effective and Well-led – the regulator’s ‘Key Lines Of Enquiry’ (KLOEs) cover it all, wouldn’t you think?
Apparently they don’t. Apparently, anyone who aspires to the provision of social care must now give heed to Equality and Human Rights (their capitals, not mine).
Into this acronym-plagued milieu, I’ll throw in another; the time-honoured KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Social care regulation has evolved layers of such Byzantine complexity that we have come to where one piece of regulation may easily find itself in conflict with another. Providers have given me many examples of this but I must try to keep this blog short. However, take risk; on one hand there is plenty of regulatory guidance which encourages risk-taking (it’s in the human rights guidance), and an equally plentiful supply of sanctions for those who have, in the subjective eyes of an inspector, abandoned their duty if care in taking that risk.
Do we really need to use equality and human rights as another hammer to beat providers with? Surely, any service which significantly departed from these fundamental values would be identified as not being well-led. It could be as simple as that.
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