There’s a separate post on this site, about my latest cunning plan to preserve some notion of law mattering in adult social care – a post about a new charity, which I am launching in early 2017.
It going to be called CASC-AIDr from now on – the Centre for Adult Social Care Advice, Information and Dispute resolution.
And that is just what it is going to provide, and some of it for free, for those who need it the most.
I intend to focus its work on stopping the 5 most obviously unlawful things going on in Adult Social Care during this dreadful period of disrespect for legal principles and duties – while councils everywhere are budget obsessed, despite their applying regardless of lack of money (clue as to the solution for the disbelieving: look in Reserves, for funding statutory duties: it’s illegal not to consider reserves, as the West Berks case proved earlier this year!!)
So here’s a short survey which I have put together – it should take about 10 minutes, unless you find it so entertaining and instructive en route that you just have to slow down and take a few deep breaths.
There’s a call for help at the end, and I’d be delighted to hear from people, separately, or from within that survey, on firstname.lastname@example.org, if you think you’d like to be involved in any of the following ways:
Volunteering to get someone’s problem out of them, or to support them to get it, down onto a contact form, so that it’s in a shaken down state which can be analysed – over the phone or by email?
Selling the charity your advice, if you are Care Act confident and competent, and happy to do it for a self-employed reasonable flat rate?
Liaising informally (paid as self-employed, or unpaid) between the person with a problem, and a barrister or solicitor where the law is not so clear?
Admin, Fund-Raising, Marketing or specialist services such as managing a WordPress website for the charity (paid as self-employed, or unpaid)
My hope is that even fed-up social work staff will be able to refer their disgruntled customers to this service, which will cheer a lot of them up, I am thinking! Seriously, we all need social work staff to know that know they are struggling, and that we need them to continue to be true professionals in a very difficult period.
I am assuming that anyone who has ever had advice from me, will happily make a small donation, and I can’t wait to get started!
If you are an advocacy organisation, please get in touch, to collaborate, even though the charity won’t be providing free advice to everyone!
And if you are a provider, seeing your own organisation going down the plughole because of local authority cuts to care packages, this charity is the way ahead for you – you can refer clients without fear of embarrassment – but providers everywhere will need to make a donation, if it is ever going to work!