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

Messages

'….users should be seen as equal partners in the process and outcomes of risk assessment and management, giving greater respect to [their] views, rights and needs…' (Barry 2007).

Service user level

The service user level relates to how people using adult social care services are experiencing choice and control while staying safe as part of the self-directed support and personal budgets process. This includes how people who use services are identifying their own risk and safeguarding issues and being supported to take positive risks as part of person-centred assessment and support planning.

Although the research base suggests that personal budget schemes can work well for people who use social care and support services, specific research focusing on how people using those services and their carers perceive and manage risk is lacking.

There are questions about whether current approaches to identifying and managing risk in adult social care consider the individual, their unique circumstances, life history and perspectives on risk and safeguarding.

Research also suggests that current statutory arrangements are not supporting older people to report abuse or neglect (older people from black and minority ethnic communities are especially unlikely to seek help from statutory services).

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