For families and supporters of people with a learning disability......
For information and to increase awareness

Problems that can be encountered when dealing with social services

Social services work under the tight control of guidelines which tend to be strictly adhered to.

How this can work to an advantage or disadvantage for people

Social services follow the rules set down in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (see Home Page). This can be fine for children who tend to reach "adulthood" around the age of 18. So that they are then able to make decisions for themselves. However, for people with learning difficulties it is not so straightforward.




How do you deal with a situation where you disagree with a decision that has supposed to have been taken by your relative who has learning difficulties?

It is probably best to suggest to social services that you have a meeting and try to communicate with them as much as possible. If an agreement cannot be reached with social services, it may be best to ask for an independent assessment.



Mark Neary's talk on the effects of the wrong interpretation of the MCA on his son and him

Mark Neary's talk


House of Lords committee's report on misuse of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

The House of Lords Committee reports on misuse of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - this article mentions Steven Neary's case. There needs to be a change in this law, repeal and/or proper training of those implementing it.......

BBC Article


GPs are to oversee social care for vulnerable patients under contract changes

In an announcement, Jeremy Hunt the health secretary, stated that family doctors will “case manage proactively” patients with complex needs by developing and regularly reviewing personalised care plans that will cover health and social care needs, under their contract for 2014-15.

This should add strength to decisions taken that concern vulnerable patients:

Community Care Article




A Facebook page has been set up: #LBBill as a meeting space to discuss plans to turn the idea of a Bill that has a statutory assumption that a person lives in their own home (of their choice) into a reality:


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