Care Act Responsibility for Members
23/02/2015 12:24:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I attended the Care Act Training for Members which was extremely useful. I thought it might be helpful if local authority members were aware of their new responsibilities under Guidance 14 of the Act.
Local authority members need to have a good understanding of the range of abuse and neglect issues that can affect adults and of the importance of balancing safeguarding with empowerment.
Local authority members need to understand prevention, proportionate interventions, and the dangers of risk adverse practice and the importance of upholding human rights.
Some SABs include elected members and this is one way of increasing awareness of members and ownership at a political level. Others take the view that members are more able to hold their officers to account if they have not been party to Board decision making, though they should always be aware of the work of the SAB.
Managers must ensure that members are aware of any critical local issues, whether of an individual nature, matters affecting a service or a particular part of the community.
I sit on the Adult Social Services Review Panel which covers a number of these safeguarding issues in the agenda.
A Care Act information area has been set up in the members room with various details relating the the Act and its implementation.