The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland have commissioned researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to explore local authority and voluntary sector provider perspectives on how Option 2 is working in practice.
Dr Martin Kettle, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at GCU explored the barriers to making Option 2 a reality as well as highlighting emerging approaches to addressing these barriers. The involvement of voluntary sector support providers in developing effective approaches to Option 2 was also considered.
The findings suggested that:
- Fundamentally, there is no shared view on the meaning of Option 2. Interpretations differ according to how public authorities view the tension between personal choice and ‘duty of care’. This had a significant influence on the procurement and contractual approaches chosen by local authorities.
- Risk adverse approaches at all levels (from the person to the organisation, to the system) were seen as a substantial factor in impeding progress .
- Leadership, partnership and culture were interrelated, themes of the research with participants describing genuine partnership and a shared culture of learning and testing as factors in developing a successful approach to Option 2.