Whose Social Care is it Anyway? Getting the Evidence Together

Following the publication of From Permanent Lockdown to an Equal Life the next steps are to build on the Five Key Changes to get clear about the action needed and get on with it. Watch out for our Towards an Equal Life series of debates and showcases, starting soon.
As part of this we want to bring out the best evidence to support the change we want. We are delighted therefore that we will be partnering with Research in Practice an organisation that looks at evidence to support good social care.  The next  of their evidence reviews will be in partnership with us.
It will start from the principle that the debate on adult social care has been under-imagined. What would social care look like if it truly began from the wellbeing principle – as defined by people with lived experience of social care?
Social care values need to be about empowerment and a positive future – and this is underpinned by the legal and policy context. In this evidence review, five chapters – mapped to Social Care Future’s five key changes – will look at wellbeing, and the conditions important for wellbeing to develop and thrive. It will pin the five key changes to existing evidence, seeking to understand what needs to be in place for people to experience the Social Care Future vision.
It will also provide a challenge for the future: reflecting on positive and co-produced policy and practice (often where no previous evidence existed); highlighting evidence gaps and challenging deficit-based perspectives; ensuring a golden thread of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout; and developing opportunities to work together.
Excitingly, this evidence review will be co-authored and co-designed by people with lived experience of adult social care. The video below explains more about the aims and encourages people with lived experience to register their interest in the project via a survey link (don’t miss it deadline 14 November).

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