The blog aims to to look at different aspects of the Care Act each week and provide a public forum of discussion about what is actually happening in the sector, in order to flag up if there is a difference between practice and theory.
Comments can be made by anyone – you can put your real name up if you want, or make one up, if you don’t. Your email address doesn’t get shown; but all comments are moderated, for your and my sake…
Belinda says ….
‘In view of the new provisions for local authorities arising out of the Care Act 2014 the Schwehr on CARE blog aims to provide an opportunity for a ‘conversation’ regarding legal thinking within the social care sector of the United Kingdom. In particular, the blog hopes to examine legal wrongs and highlight poor social care practice.
I will blog as regularly as I can. ‘Guest bloggers’ will also contribute blogs and particular pearls of legal wisdom. But importantly you are also welcome to comment and make suggestions about information and materials on the blog. Or you may simply want to let others know about something you are aware about that’s happened. I always moderate contributions before they are posted publicly. I will strive to do so as speedily as possible.
It is all free, but you should bear in mind it is just opinions and the material in this blog should not be interpreted as legal advice. The blog is a discussion that is intended to raise awareness and inform more rigorous thinking about rights and obligations. Please be warned, and bear the distinction in mind! I do my best to keep the blog up-to date and accurate.
I hope that you find the discussion informed and helpful. The site has a number of contributors. And everyone will take responsibility for what they write. However, you should bear the following in mind when considering the information in the blog.
The information may be inaccurate. For example it could be simply out of date because the law sometimes moves on really quickly. Or the information may have nothing legally to do with the issues you are interested in and therefore inapplicable. However, I always try to keep the blog information accurate and applicable.
The blog intends to provide links to rich sources of information. I will remove any links to incorrect information that I become aware of. However, I can not check all the information for all of the links personally. It may also be legally incorrect.
Therefore I will not accept legal liability for inaccuracies in the information, because it would not be reasonable for users to treat the information as formal legal advice, or applicable to their own situation. Use of the blog is conditional upon the acceptance of my position on this issue as explained above and as further elaborated upon in the ‘privacy and cookies’ page.
Having said all that – happy blogging and reading!’
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The blog provides opportunities to comment or make suggestions. Feel free to do this by writing in one of the comments boxes at the foot of each post.
The blog is moderated and any comments that you make will be reviewed as soon as possible and posted if considered suitable. Please be conscious of respectful behaviour when making comments. For the purposes of guidance examples of proper behaviour on this blog are;
- if something is not already in the public domain (eg published on a council’s website) then writing something about a council by name or in such a way as to make it identifiable may well be in the public interest (and it may also be 100% true) but neither you or I want to be sued for libel or threatened with an injunction. So please say “My council has refused to…” or “the social worker said…” – if you don’t, I may have to, in all of our Best Interests! or …
- if you are an employee of a provider or CCG or council you should be using supervision, line management and whistleblowing law for agitating about really clear illegality. That should be your first port of call. But if you want to to be able to show your colleagues my analysis of whatever it is you’ve asked about do not blog here under your real name if you haven’t done one of the above. And be very careful not to provide information that would make any person identifiable that would be entitled to privacy. The Data Protection Act applies on this blog as it does everywhere else.
- Bear in mind, if you are a carer, that any of your relatives lacking in full mental capacity may not be in a position to consent to their stories being told – so if you are writing about their situation, don’t leave your surname, and give the person a new name…or just use their initials.
My main website has developed a resource depository of links and other materials surrounding the Care Act 2014 and associated law. This can be found at:
Care and Health Law legal database. Feel free to have a look around the resources there.
If you are aware of any information that you think would be useful for others send me a copy or provide me with a link by email or by using the comments page at the bottom of this page.
Blogs and contributions on this blog may link you to other sites. The information on this blog is provided on the understanding that you may be directed to other sites that I have no control over. Those sites may charge a fee for services or information so be wary of this when leaving this site.
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I am always on the look out for interesting contributions and perspectives. If you would like to become a member of our family of regular guest bloggers feel free to drop me a line and I will look forward to contacting you to discuss your prospective contributions.