The Care Act in Birmingham

The Care Act 2014 which came into effect in 2015, represented the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support.

The Act combines various existing pieces of legislation which previously shaped how social care was arranged in Britain. The intention was and still is, that the Care Act will make it easier for the public to understand why things happen in a way.

Importantly the Care Act also changes many aspects of how support is arranged and aims to give greater control and influence on those in need of support.

We reviewed our policies and procedures and made changes to make sure we meet our duties under the Act. We continue to review these same policies and procedures to ensure we remain compliant with this and any further changes to the Act.

The Care Act sets out some 'key principles' on how health and social care professionals should work with you which are;

  • You know best
  • Your views, wishes, feelings and beliefs should always be considered
  • The main aim of professionals should be on your well-being, on reducing your need for care and support, and on reducing the likelihood that you will need care and support in the future
  • Any decisions made should consider all relevant circumstances
  • Any decisions should be made with your involvement
  • Your well-being should be balanced with that of any involved family and friends
  • Professionals should always work to protect you and other people from abuse and neglect
  • Professionals should ensure that any actions taken to support protect you affect your rights and freedom as little as possible
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