Legal network video – The wellbeing duty in the Care Act: what it means and does it make a difference?

Video from our DDPO Legal Network on Thursday 18th May 2017.

At our Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Legal Network meeting on the 18th of May we discussed the wellbeing duty (section 1 of the Care Act 2014).  We also spoke about the rights Disabled people have at different stages of the process and the implications of the recent case of Davey v Oxfordshire County Council.  DDPOs highlighted some of the problems Disabled people experience with social care assessments, support planning, direct payments and charging and the lawyers commented on how the Care Act could be used to resolve some of those problems.

Resources from the meeting:


  • Jamie Burton (Doughty Street Chambers) – The wellbeing duty in the Care Act 2014 after Davey, what it means and how it can be used to promote greater choice and control for Disabled people.
  • Mitchell Woolf (Scott Moncrieff & Associates Ltd) – The Rights Disabled people have at different stages of care and support planning process.
  • Karly Francis (Merton Centre for Independent Living) – Disabled people’s experiences of social care: common problems from a DDPO perspective.

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