I have recently acted for a number of adoptive parents who, whilst in the process of adopting children, have been victims of data protection breaches by either the local authority or the courts. In all of these cases, sensitive personal information about...
Our community care team was established to assist anyone who cares for someone at home, or anyone who is cared for because of being ill, disabled, a child in need or an elderly or frail person, either at home or in some form of residential care or supported living scheme, and who may be entitled to practical help and assistance from the state. We call such help community care services.
These services vary from the simple provision of disability equipment and aids in the home to complex packages of personal care and major adaptations of someone’s living space. They may also include respite services, residential and nursing care and suitable housing and accommodation to meet the person’s needs.
In recent times, service providers have faced severe restraints on their budgets and this has led to many public authorities tightening the rules on who may be entitled to their services or indeed how many services or what amount of care people who are eligible should receive.
Health and social care is also in a state of change where successive governments have tried to introduce more choice and control to people who use these services.