CASCAIDr Conversations: Podcasts on Principles!

At CASCAIDr, we know how the world of adult social care can seem impenetrably surreal – and how the reality is often very different from the rhetoric.

We think people could do with a refresher on the underlying principles, which come from a set of rules called ‘public law’. Understanding how THAT stuff works, is key to knowing where you ARE in the Care Act process – and for getting legal advice – or for doing your job properly…. 

Our latest tool for reminding anyone who’d like to know about this connection – whether that’s people working in adult social services decision-making, people who draw on services, their families, their advocates, their providers (or their political leaders!) is our CASCAIDr’s Principles Podcast Series.

Each week, we’ll add the recorded podcast against the topic title, below.

The recordings of each session are available on our YouTube channel, for a direct link to the playlist for this series please click here.

NEW: You can now access our Principles Podcasts on both Apple and Spotify!

When: Half an hour, every Thursday lunchtime, 21st September through to 21st December, 1.15pm-1.45pm, finishing at the latest at 2pm.

Who from: our CEO Belinda Schwehr, who first offered free sessions to the public on this topic in 1997 – this time around, without any train journey being required! No biscuits though, this time…

What: An explanation in ordinary English about how we can’t afford to forget the principles that shape and inform adults’ social workers’ approaches to who gets what, by way of care and support. The principles are clear, and councils, the Courts and the Ombudsman – even ICBs – are all obliged to follow the law.

How: Belinda’s going to be delivering this message through the content of all the landmark cases, so that we don’t lose sight of where these principles came from and so we get an insight into how they are key to accountability

Cost: Absolutely free! We believe in broadening access to essential knowledge – and any fee presents a barrier to those who need it most.

Every Thursday lunchtime, starting on 21st September, and running until Christmas.

Some feedback we have received so far: “Fantastic session – informative, thorough and appreciated – as always. Thank you”, “So very clear and helpful.  Thanks so much, Belinda”

  1. What it means to act lawfully when delivering Care Act functions – overview – and why it matters to pull councils up when they do not act lawfully; and why it’s important to insist on remedies, including restitution (CP v NE Lincs)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  2. The basic need to follow the Guidance unless there’s a very good reason not to: examples are the Care and Support Guidance, the MHA Code, the MCA Code the Homelessness Code (AK v Islington)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  3. Distinguishing powers and discretions from duties, triggered by a professional judgment where acting defensibly is all that is required – (Gloucestershire, Bristol, Re X, Haringey, Hackney)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  4. Being able to identify the correct decision-maker, under the Care Act (Merton, and MN)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  5. Acting rationally Part One (with an evidence basis and not ignoring the evidence basis) (Redbridge, Birmingham, Oxfordshire, Southwark, Merton)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  6. Acting rationally Part Two (by not taking leave of one’s senses) (Westminster, Sutton (a pre Care Act case)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  7. Acting fairly, part one: – full information and participation rights (KK, Croydon (a pre Care Act case and a more recent Croydon case too)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  8. Acting fairly, part two: – stating or giving reasons (Kensington & Chelsea)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  9. Not negating a council’s discretion by bias, pre-determination or rigid fettering (Bromley, Lewisham, Suffolk)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  10. Not making an error of law about the meaning of the words or duties in the Care Act (Suffolk, Croydon, Westminster)
    • The recording of this session is now available to view here.
  11. Abiding by Human Rights, properly understood, part one: Articles 3 and 8 (Enfield, Gunter, Kensington & Chelsea, Sutton (Clarke)) 30 Nov
  12. Abiding by Human Rights, properly understood, part two: Articles 5 and 9 (DoLS caselaw and MR v LBX) 7 Dec
  13. Not discriminating unlawfully (Norfolk) – looking at how article 14 discrimination can make a decision unlawful, in a public law case. 14 Dec
  14. Not delaying unconscionably (Sutton, and DMA) – looking at whether the Courts would be likely to decide that a duty really IS a duty, in difficult times. 21 Dec

The tech we’re going to use is Zoom – the link for all sessions is here and recording links will be re-posted for each session, on this page.

Note: If you cannot use Zoom at your organisation, or find you can’t install the Zoom client for any reason, we have enabled the ‘join from browser’ option which does not require you to install anything on your computer. When it is time for the session, click the link above, and then cancel the prompt to download Zoom – then at the bottom of the screen there will be an option to join using your web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome. If you are asked for a passcode, please use 561824

For people not wanting to be running Zoom accounts, the recording links on YouTube won’t need you to download Zoom, but they will just take a little longer to get to you.

Your QUESTIONS can be posted in Chat, during the sessions.

If you can’t be IN the live session, do send questions in advance about the specific topic for the relevant date, above, to, please. If we don’t get to them in the session, we will be answering them in our Q&A one-off questions service, which you can access from the menu above.

Of course, we’d welcome donations – via the site menu – but most of all, we want to spread the word as far and wide as possible, at a very difficult time for adult social care!

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