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Making ;;Valuing People;/; Real in West Sussex: Meeting the Challenges for Partnership Boards

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Valuing People presents a range of challenges for managers and other stakeholders. Partnership boards are charged with leading the change process. The paper sets out the steps that the West Sussex Board has taken to meet these challenges and describes in particular a ‘framework for frameworks’ that the Board has adopted to produce truly person-centred and inclusive plans. The paper concludes that stakeholders can be empowered to find their voice where planners commit to an inclusive process.

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... The central paradox in Valuing People (noted by Tyson and Wood 2002) is that it seeks to attain rights for people with a learning disability by central direction in a system that confers no rights on the citizen. This results in the diversion of scarce staffing resources away from helping people into producing a multiplication of imposed and unenforceable assessments. ...
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Valuing People has been widely welcomed by learning disability services. But it promises a major expansion of unenforceable assessments which will divert practitioners from responding to the needs of their clients into the production of reports.
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