The aim of this one day masterclass is for participants to improve their ability to make decisions about what is a sufficient budget to meet needs - that represents good outcomes for the individual and value for money, by understanding how local authorities are sometimes applying the Care Act 2014 in ways that can be considered as unsatisfactory, and may be unlawful.
With councils under pressure to drive down the cost of care packages, social workers can be placed in circumstances where application of the legal rules and professional judgement is compromised – as evidenced in recent High Court and Court of Appeal decisions and findings of maladministration by the Ombudsman. This masterclass will enable participants to consider what can be learned from these cases, including both successful and unsuccessful challenges to reductions to an individual’s care package, and to improve their ability to apply the Care Act and the statutory guidance in a legally literate way - by utilising the approach set out in The Social Worker’s Guide to the Care Act 2014.
The approach taken focuses on the social worker’s role in balancing legal requirements with good social work practice, whilst working within the context of the local policies and budget constraints. The emphasis will be on care and support planning, and how decision-making about the personal budget fits within this. Consideration will also be given to reviewing and revising such decisions – particularly in circumstances where the personal budget can potentially be reduced.
Delegates will receive a copy of Peter Feldon's Book The Social Worker's Guide to the Care Act 2014