Protocol will foster independent living

Social services leaders have signed up to a new protocol to support user-led organisations and the development of centres for independent living.

The protocol, which has been signed by the Association of Directors of Social Services and disabled people’s charity the National Centre for Independent Living, has been created in response to the government drive to make social care more user-led.

The new protocol builds on previous agreements signed by the organisations in 2002, and reflects policy development such as direct payments.

Jeff Jerome, co-chair of the ADSS disabilities committee, said it was “essential” there was strong representation of service users and carers as the take-up of direct payments increased and individual budgets were developed.

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