While recognising that there are some positives within the current system, the report identifies a number of priority areas for reform. These include raising the profile of social care, increased emphasis on giving control to service users and supporting family carers and building on existing supports within communities. The report also calls for improved conditions for the social care workforce, and for an appraisal of the true cost of providing care and support. These reforms, the report says, should be considered in the context of a society-wide debate on the roles and responsibilities of individuals, families, communities and government within a reformed system of support.
The Expert Advisory Panel Report, ‘Power to People: proposals to reboot adult care and support in NI’