Have your say on Adult Social Care

adultscbannerKent County Council (KCC) is consulting on a new strategy for adult social care. The strategy explains KCC’s vision for how we want adult social care to be over the next five years. Demand for adult social care is increasing and finances are under pressure. Expectations of adult social care are changing; people want a life, not a service. Adult social care in Kent needs to continue to respond to these challenges, and the new strategy sets out how we will do this.

Our vision is to help people to improve or maintain their well-being and to live as independently as possible.

The strategy breaks down our approach to adult social care into three themes that cover the whole range of services provided for people with social care and support needs and their carers:

  1. Promoting well-being – supporting and encouraging people to look after their health and well-being to avoid or delay them needing adult social care
  2. Promoting independence – providing short-term support so that people are then able to carry on with their lives as independently as possible
  3. Supporting independence – for people who need ongoing social care support, helping them to live the life they want to live, in their own homes where possible, and do as much for themselves as they can

The strategy also explains the building blocks that underpin what we must have in place in order to achieve the vision – namely, effective protection (safeguarding), a flexible workforce, smarter commissioning and improved partnership working. It also includes a set of values and principles that will guide everything we do to provide care and support.

Have your say

We would like to hear your views on the draft strategy which is available to download from the ‘Consultation Documents’ section below. We will use your feedback to help produce the final version of the strategy by December 2016. (more…)

Choose your way to quit – Get the app

stoptoberStuart wanted to quit smoking for his children. He used the free Stoptober app to keep him motivated throughout the day, which helped him become smokefree.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/stoptober/home#uSYBPBkMCHPA5Iqq.99


How to recognise abuse and neglect – 1

Stop Adult AbuseThere are different kinds of abuse and it can happen anywhere. It occurs when someone exploits another person or treats them in a way that harms or hurts them. It can happen once or on multiple occasions. People who abuse are not always strangers. They can also be: partners, relatives, a friend, neighbour or carer.

Types of Abuse

Some of the different types of abuse are described below.

Physical abuse

is when someone is physically harmed by another person, for example through assault, such as slapping, pushing, kicking or rough handling. It can also include the misuse of medication, or inappropriate sanctions or restraint.

Sexual abuse

relates to any sexual activity which the adult has not consented to, was not able to consent to or was pressured into consenting to. This can include rape, sexual assault or harassment, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or inappropriate touching.

Psychological abuse

includes emotional abuse, verbal assault, intimidation, bullying, cyber bullying, abandonment, threats of harm, humiliation or blaming. Any unjustified withdrawal of services or support networks is also a form of psychological abuse, as is not letting the person have choices or ignoring their wishes.

To report abuse,

contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999. Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it

Kent County Council, Stop adult abuse – how to protect yourself and others (PDF, 107.2 KB)

October is International Walk to School Month

iwsmThousands of children across the world will be celebrating walking to school.

Why the walk to school matters

Happier children

It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

Less congestion

During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

Cleaner air

The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides?


Stopping Adult Abuse

Stop Adult Abuseit’s everyone’s responsibility

Adult abuse is everyone’s business and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (3-7 October), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to “See It, Report It, Stop It”.

The best weapon against abuse is talking about it and anyone with concerns about a loved one, colleague, friend, neighbour or themselves needs to tell us about it. (more…)

Have your say on Kent’s Autism Strategy

autism-768x549Kent is launching a consultation into a new strategy to improve the outcomes, experiences and support for adults with autism.

At the core of the strategy is creating an autism-friendly society in Kent for the estimated 13,431 people in the county who live with the condition.

Local authorities are required to develop their own local plan as set out in the National Autism Strategy ‘Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’.

Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “It is estimated that autism affects about 1.1% of the population and it can have a significant impact on every aspect of their lives and the lives of those close to them.

“We are committed to improving diagnosis, assessment and support for those with the condition as well as increasing understanding in the community so we can all support people with autism to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

“We value the views of people in Kent and we are inviting you to have your say in helping us to shape a strategy which makes Kent truly autism friendly.” (more…)