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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01049: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers it important that a person’s human rights are considered when deciding on an appropriate care placement.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 20 July 2016

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Act 2013 is founded on the principles of dignity, empowerment and collaboration. It places firm duties on local authorities to offer a range of options for how social care support is delivered and to give individuals the support and information required to enable them to make informed choices.

The statutory guidance accompanying the Act makes it clear that any assessment, communication or provision of support must be made in accordance with the statutory principles and values: participation, dignity, involvement, informed choice, and collaboration and respect a person's human rights.