If you have been doing thingswrong for a long time it is importantto think carefully and to beconfident that you know what to donow.
What is wrong with institutions1.Devalued lives - self-expression and personal developmentthreaten institutional thinking2.No freedom or control - it is very hard to be heard when youhave no authority3.Impoverishment - economic power is nullified4.Sheltered, but homeless - a home is more than a roof - vital tocontrol privacy and security5.‘Care’ not support - ‘care’ already assumes the passivity andlower value of the person ‘in care’.6.Disconnected- it is other citizens who report abuse and it isstructures of power within institutions that make that harder7.Loveless - the shift to focusing on abuse not crime is a symptomof institutional thinking
1.Direction - Its risky if my life lacks meaning and value2.Freedom - Its risky if I cannot direct my life, communicate orbe listened to.3.Money - Its risky if I lack money or if I cannot control my ownmoney.4.Home - Its risky if I cannot control who I live with, my homeand my privacy.5.Help - Its risky if I’ve no one to help me and if I cannot controlwho helps me.6.Life - Its risky if I am not a valued member of my community.7.Love - Its risky to have no friends or family.Why citizenship is better
The change in England came fromcommunities firstInnovation is possible in mostexisting systems
Early successes includedShifting towards entitlements - not giftsGetting people truly flexible budgetsFocusing on outcomes - not servicesAvoiding the trap of ‘brokerage’Process of collective innovation
It is important to let innovationsdevelop properlyRushing innovations will lead tofalse change
Government spent £0.5 billion onimplementation:•more processes - not less•more specialist IT - in an open source world•more ‘consultants’•more middle-management•over-complication rather than simplification•burdening people and professionals•attention going upwards
Today individualised funding is thenorm in Denmark, Norway andSweden. England and Scotland willhave moved everyone over to self-directed support in the next 5 years.Australia is developing a newnational system. Many US andCanadian states and New Zealanduse SDS in some form.
Self-directed support is still changingand developing - it is not yetunderpinned by proper rights tosupport or rights to control support.But its an important innovation thatrespects people’s citizenship.