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December 21, 2009

Supporting vulnerable adults

Filed under: Featured — andrewchilvers @ 1:39 pm

A few posts back I talked about a friend of mine called “two soups” who died broke, broken and alone from alcohol-related causes. He passed away in his flat and was not found for some months. It was a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided if there had been more help and engagement in the community.

The truth is that often the most vulnerable people – the old, those with mental health problems, people with disabilities – have no one to turn to when help is needed most.

In my last blog, I talked about visiting a workshop in Shropshire dedicated to telling people about the CAF (or common assessment framework). It sounds like jargon and, of course, it is. But the CAF projects now being rolled out across pilot sites in England could make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable members of society.

In short, CAF equals joining all services in the community, so they can unite and act together to help people. I’m starting to repeat myself, so I’ll let OLM’s Simon Powlson tell you why it’s an important step in the right direction for community services.


December 19, 2009

So what’s a CAF?

Filed under: Featured — andrewchilvers @ 12:31 pm

Church Stretton, Shropshire.

Last week I drove to this isolated little town on the Welsh marches to see a workshop performed by people with learning disabilities. The idea was for the group to tell anyone who’s prepared to listen that they have a voice and they want to be heard.

The performance is part of an initiative by Shropshire County Council to  explain to parents,  carers and service users (that’s people who use services) about a project the council  is piloting called the common assessment framework, or CAF.

So what is CAF and should we care?

This is a programme being rolled out by the Department of Health (DH) that has life-changing implications for every one us; it’s about how cared-for  people will be cared for in the future. It’s about how you want to  live your life when you’re older or if you have a disability. Important stuff.

So over the next few blogs I’m going to run a few videos of the day to try to explain what CAF is and why it’s so important. 

Firstly, here’s Jamie Cross  from the DH explaining about the CAF in general and the pilot in Shropshire.

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