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

Studies

'...arrangements leads to more independence. There are no detectable increases in risk to quality, trustworthiness, reliability and safety when compared with agency-directed services.' (Ottmann et al 2009).

The IBSEN study: Adult safeguarding perspectives

During the IBSEN study, researchers interviewed adult protection lead officers in the 13 pilot sites. They examined the links between personal budgets and work in adult protection and how the personal budget process fitted with adult safeguarding. The adult protection leads raised the subject of risk at a number of levels:

The researchers concluded that adult protection lead officers can have unique insights from balancing the demand for safety and assurances about spending public money with the increased demand for choice and control in social care.

However, they found that, in some pilot sites, their expertise was not being sought or used consistently with personal budget implementation.

Many practitioners have concerns about safeguards which should be addressed at early stages. The research suggests that there should be a clear link between the adult protection and personal budget systems and some of the existing mechanisms for direct payments could be built on.

Adult protection lead officers suggested the following actions could enhance safeguarding for personal budgets:

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