SCIE press release

The Care Bill 2013-14

10 May 2013

Care Bill will strengthen sector's responsibilities and capacity

This is a very welcome and important Bill. It will strengthen the sector's responsibilities and capacity to improve care for people who use services and their carers. In particular, SCIE welcomes the new emphasis on: care that prevents crises developing; the assessment of children's needs to help them with the transition to adults' services; and safeguarding adults.

SCIE will work with the Department of Health, the care sector, people who use services, and carers to help to identify the most effective ways of delivering the changes required.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Under the Bill, local authorities will be required to provide or arrange services which can prevent or delay the need for more intensive care for all local people - including carers. SCIE's work shows how, for example, improving housing conditions can reduce mental health problems, and good quality social care can significantly reduce the need for hospital admissions.

The Bill has been revised to give all children the right to request an assessment before they are 18 in order to plan any care they may need as an adult. SCIE welcomes this important development which reflects the evidence that planning for transition to adult services needs to start early and in collaboration with young people and all relevant services.

SCIE also welcomes the requirement for all local authorities to have a Safeguarding Adults Board with, as a minimum, representatives from the local authority, clinical commissioning group and the police. The Boards will be required to carry out safeguarding reviews with an emphasis on learning lessons and improving future practice. This approach mirrors our approach to multi-agency serious case reviews (Learning Together). SCIE is already working with local authorities to help them develop shared safeguarding policies and procedures.

The Care Bill 2013-14 received its first reading in the House of Lords on 9 May 2013, and was published on 10 May 2013. It is a Bill to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers, to make provision about safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect, to make provision about care standards, to establish and make provision about Health Education England, to establish and make provision about the Health Research Authority, and for connected purposes.

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Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk