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Legal changes key to delivering dignity in care of older people

18 June 2012

Delivering Dignity is the latest in a line of reports highlighting deficiencies in adult care. While these reports are important, what everyone really wants to see is resulting improvements on the front line of service delivery.

Greater clarity in the legal obligations on service providers would help, and there is perhaps reason to be more optimistic than usual for this. Change truly is in the air. The government has just launched a consultation on a radical simplification of safeguarding guidance relating to children, and in July we should see the long-awaited White Paper on adult care, which hopefully will follow the Law Commission’s call for a radical simplification of adult social care law.

If government simply sets out clear legal obligations, leaving the service providers with the responsibility of working out how to meet them, this could play a large part in achieving the “major cultural shift” which Delivering Dignity calls for.

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