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Individualised Budgets and Self Directed Support is sweeping the western world as the way for human services to radically transform which really delivers significant change for people who use social care services. Often originating in Learning Disability services, it is now being widely adopted across all social care services. Europe, USA, Canada, Australia are all either piloting various models and ideas or engaged in wide scale implementation. In Control, a UK based project to develop self directed support is probably the most important social care project in the last decade. It has been piloting a radically different way of organising social care that fundamentally changes where the power lies and should leave people who use social care services fully in control of their own lives, funding and supports. Lots has been learned from the work around self directed support both here in the UK and abroad and it all shows that the boundaries of existing structures, policies, rules and practices have been stretched – all of which point to radical change, particularly for Local Authorities. This conference gives a unique opportunity to hear first-hand what has been happening and what has been learned. It will be particularly useful for those organisations who want to gear themselves up for a very different future which the White Paper will herald.

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08 November 2006 15:00 to 23:00
Daniel Kirkham
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