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The Care Act

The Care Act

Topic created on, Thursday, March 23, 2017 , from Gateshead
We had an event in the North East on 22nd March looking at the Care Act and clients with complex needs (homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and offending). We heard from the CEO of Gateshead Carers about the eligibility criteria to access support through the Care Act and although many of the people we work with do meet the criteria for support, most are not able to access this. We have experienced two main barriers: - Where the person is homeless/has a housing need, this seems to take priority over a care need and Adult Social Care do not feel able to offer support - Where the person is deemed to have capacity and is making a choice to misuse substances, which leads to the care need due to self-neglect/vulnerability, Adult Social Care do not feel able to offer support Do other workers have experience (positive and negative) of using the Care Act? We are keen to hear more examples to fully understand the barriers and hopefully learn about areas of good practice. Thanks, Alex

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(Network Development Manager), from London Voices of Stoke have produced this toolkit for use with clients with multiple needs who may need to access the Care Act: https://issuu.com/voicesofstoke/docs/careacttoolkit_typeset_

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