Social care assessment COVID-19 human rights concerns

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 5th May 2020
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Recommendations published by the ALLIANCE to improve guidance on social care during the pandemic.

The ALLIANCE has published a series of recommendations on how to better respect, protect and fulfil human rights in social care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reviewing social care assessment guidance and an ethical framework published by the Scottish and UK Governments, the ALLIANCE has noted the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on specific groups of people, including people with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.

The ALLIANCE’s social care assessment guidance briefing note calls for:

  • Greater detail in the guidance and Health and Social Care Partnership plans on equalities and human rights.
  • Clearer definitions and guidance on the terms being used to justify powers to relax social care assessment duties.
  • Clarity from the Scottish Government and Health and Social Care Partnerships on why social care packages are being reduced and removed.
  • Individualised support for unpaid carers, including check-ins and direct discussions about rights and needs with relevant professionals.
  • The suspension of charges for people who use social care.
  • Health and social care staff to ensure that people are offered a choice on how their care is arranged and can alter care arrangements if desired.
  • Greater clarity on how personal assistants (PAs) will be supported.
  • More guidance on individual discussions required with people who use social care about the implications of “reopening” services.

The full briefing is available on the ALLIANCE website and has been circulated to the Scottish Government and a range of health and social care contacts. Please share it with your networks.

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