SCIE Report 36: Enabling risk, ensuring safety: Self-directed support and personal budgets

Messages

'we do want self-directed support but we still expect good quality services so our sons and daughters can be truly in control' (Anon 2008).

Practitioner level

The practitioner level relates to how frontline practitioners and first line managers are providing choice and control alongside ensuring the safety of people using services.

This includes how decisions are being made about risk as part of person-centred assessment and support planning and how practitioners should be trained and supported by local authorities and organisations to implement self-directed support and personal budgets, including direct payments.

The evidence so far suggests that practitioners working within fragmented systems where risk management strategies are focused on protecting the organisation are less likely to feel confident and supported in their practice in supporting people to take positive risks in their lives.

They may fear blame or liability or be confused about balancing safeguarding duties within the context of personalisation. This can then compromise their capacity to work in a risk enabling way at the front line and may restrict their ability to focus on exploring risk and safeguarding with the individual using the service.

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