What does evidence say for Making Safeguarding Personal?


In her blog, Lindsey Pike of RiPfA examines a literature review on adult safeguarding in Britain and considers the implications for Care Act implementation.

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Is self-directed support delivering personal budgets?


In his very first blog for the Social Care Elf, Martin Stevens of King’s College London and chair of the Social Services Research Group, takes a critical look at some of the research and debate around self-directed support and personal budgets in adult social care.

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“Financial crisis provides a window of opportunity and stimulus for reform” says a Health Foundation report

Measuring tape wrapped around a wad of Euros

This is a summary of an evidence scan produced by The Health Foundation about lessons the NHS can learn from other countries about managing financial crisis.

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What do rights and choice in social care mean for people with learning disabilities?


In his debut Social Care Elf blog, Mike Clark, of the NIHR School for Social Care Research, London School for Economics, reflects on a conceptual study looking at the human rights of people with learning disabilities in an era of ‘choice’.

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New strategy for Learning Disabilities published in Scotland

Keys to Life Scottish Strategy

In 2000, the Scottish Office published ‘The same as you?’ a ten year programme for development. In 2010, a two-year evaluation of the programme began to look at what progress had been made and what still needed to be achieved. The national Learning Disability Strategy group worked on the key themes that emerged from this [read the full story…]

Health policy decisions are based on experiences rather than high-quality research, according to survey

Research written on blackboard

Introduction People living with chronic disease often have a poor quality of life, and, for the NHS, it results in a significant cost and resource burden, with people facing years of treatment. It makes sense therefore to make sure that health services are run as efficiently as possible, while maintaining or improving levels of quality. [read the full story…]

Recasting respite policy for people with learning disabilities in integrated framework to support family coping and resilience


Most local authorities are attempting to offer a range of services in response to the need for respite or a short break. Authorities have recognised the need to offer services therefore that attempt to meet the needs of carers and the people with disabilities, by ensuring that short breaks are responsive to people using services, [read the full story…]

MPs asked to sign agreement to ensure ordinary life for people with learning disabilities becomes a reality


Here at WELD, we see our job as bringing you the most up to date evidence relating to supporting people with learning disabilities and that usually means evidence published in journals or reports from researchers or development organisations. Today’s post is slightly different in that we want to draw attention to the launch of a [read the full story…]

Updated estimates for social care services for people with learning disabilities suggest sustained growth in need

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This update from the improving health and lives public health observatory updates previous work from 2008, where estimates of future need for services for people with learning disabilities were made. The current report estimates the need for adult social care support for people with learning disabilities in England for the period 2009-2026. The new model [read the full story…]