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Glasgow Self Evaluation Questionnaire has been a challenge for many people with learning disabilities and their families. You can download a copy of the SEQ here. You can also find out about the scoring system by clicking here. Finally you can work out what your individual budget might be by clicking on this version of the Resource Allocation System.
Concerns about the Assessment Process.
All councils have a legal duty under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to make sure that the needs of vulnerable adults are properly assessed. Over the last two years the assessment process in Glasgow has been transformed in a way that had not been properly evaluated.
At the heart of this process are a set of Self Evaluation questions designed to be answered by the individual and compared to a judgement by a professional assessor.
But there are a number of real concerns about this that have not been addressed.
The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland has worked with a number of people with learning disabilities to produce some easy to understand information about Self Directed Support in Scotland.
Helen's Story uses pictures and easy words to explain what it is all about. To download your copy please click here.
A number of councils in Scotland such as Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire and Aberdeen City are using Self Evaluation Assessments. These are simple tick box assessments that are designed to allow individuals to participate quickly and easily in their assessments. They are also linked to individual budgets in the Self Directed Support process.
When a Self Evaluation Assessment is completed the results are used to allocate an "indicative" budget. This is the first stage budget. The budget is then used to draw up a plan to meet the assessed person's needs. If the budget is too much or too little an adjustment is then made.
THE political head of Scotland's largest social work department has been removed from his role, in a move opposition politicians claim is a sacking after a turbulent year. Glasgow's Matt Kerr will now become the city council's executive member for personnel, a post vacated following the death earlier this month of fellow Labour councillor George Ryan.
Glasgow social work has been subject to a lot of questions and scrutiny over the implementation of a controversial version of personalisation. Many users and carers felt this was more about cuts than giving people choice. Only last Friday a number of carers spoke to the Glasgow Herald over concerns about their care services and their concerns about bullying.
One of the strange outcome of personalisation, is that a process designed to give people more control, has led to hundreds of people losing control over their own welfare and financial decisions!
Glasgow, already the Guardianship Capital of Scotland with 20% of all applications are has seen yet another big rise in applications in 2012. And we know of many more families making applications in 2013.
The biggest increase is in guardianships that last for 5 years before they have to be renewed.
The rise in applications is linked to family members ensuring they have a right to participate in the assessment and support plan process.
More social work time will be spent on monitoring these orders. Along with the increased care and financial assessments, we will have seen a huge rise in backroom bureaucracy when we were meant to see less state interference.