No One left Behind – Clenton Farquharson and Clive Miller
- 1 November 2020
- Posted by: benjamin.taylor
- Category: PSTA
Published on LinkedIn October 31, 2020
It started with both of us Zoom chatting about the latest CQC State of Care report. Its an important annual event aimed at looking at social care in the round. But somehow we realised the ball had become box shaped and didn’t seem to do what we thought it should. A few rants later, we clocked the problem. We didn’t share the same pair of glasses as CQC, so we saw the world differently.
In a nutshell it seemed that State of Care report looked at the world from the position of what organisations do and how well they are meeting people’s needs. In one sense it ‘does what it says on the can’. The problem was that we were looking for a different type of can. One that looks at the world from the point of view of people and communities:
l ‘having and living a life’ – ‘..all the world’s a stage …one man in his time plays many parts’ tells us that life is about the mundane, ordinary, everyday things that most people can take for granted: reading your child a bedtime story, going shopping and to the pub with your partner or mates, cooking, cleaning .. We are essentially social animals, so being able to connect with one another, part of the give and take and the connected experience of everyday life is fundamental, as is having the agency as citizens to do something about it. Yet these are the things that are often denied to people with disabilities when we enter the world of social care.