SCIE Annual Review 2010-11

SCIE’s work on mental health and disability

People don’t often know what challenging behaviour is, let alone how working practices can be improved. So it was great that Andrew and the rest of the family were portrayed in such a positive light. We’re happy that we were able to show how people like Andrew can, with support, live at home.

Jan Seamer, Andrew’s mother, featured on Social Care TV

Promoting mental health and wellbeing

Mental health became part of the ‘protected characteristic’ of Disability under the Equality Act 2010. This gave added weight to SCIE’s resources on mental health and disability, which aim to reduce stigma and promote opportunity, through good practice in social care.

In the past year, we produced several new resources in this area. Our suite of products on Mental health, employment and the social care workforce presented findings on what prevents people with mental health problems from gaining and retaining employment in social care, and what can help to counter this. These messages are important for both social care employers and employees.

Our report Keeping personal budgets personal presented the experiences of people with mental health problems in using personal budgets, with suggestions for how the personal budgets process could be improved to enable greater choice and control for people using services.

Mental health cuts across all areas of life, and requires a holistic approach. As such, our work on Parental mental health and child welfare, and Mental health service transitions adopts this approach. Other major disability projects for SCIE this year were our work on Autism and Challenging behaviour. For both projects, the guidance was brought to life by accompanying Social Care TV films, which help social care workers and carers to put themselves in the shoes of people using services, in order to think about how to improve practice and thereby improve outcomes.