HDP exists to support people with a disability in accessing support and care that fully reflects their choice and wishes. We offer advice and support where needed, we encourage volunteers to achieve their full potential. We manage a register of Personal Assistants (PAs) in health and social care so that people can access a PA, secure with the knowledge that the PA is supported by HDP and has access to good quality training.
As well as facilitating real choice for people, HDP, like all agencies, charities or services, is required to ensure people who may be vulnerable, are not exploited or abused. This can include financial, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. We have “alerter” training for PAs and work closely with social services.
With the expansion of personal budgets people have been given, sometimes substantial, monies and responsibility to purchase their own care/support. Sometimes unscrupulous people have sought to exploit and steal money from vulnerable people. HDP and our partners are committed to and required to balance real choice and self-determination with protection and support if needed.
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|Halton Disability Partnership|
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
All our clients are assessed by our Safeguarding team, who monitor and review the aftercare of the engagement between PA and client and will step in should there be any serious care issues.
What are your current priorities?
Real choice and full citizenship for people with disability or mental health challenges. Together with a distinct adult safeguard role focussed on the prevention of abuse and self harm.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Draconian cuts within local authority and NHS funding in area means increase burden on 3rd sector with no extra resources.