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Personalisation and human rights: a discussion paper

Shared values and principles that should govern approaches to integration and the way new structures are built that will empower citizens of Scotland and unlock them from the failing of past systems, rather than locking them into a new system that lacks a clear vision.

This paper, therefore, provides an outline of this vision, and of the values that should drive the new care system. It also argues that the broad policy concepts and detailed practice of personalisation are rooted in, and informed by, human rights: both with regard to the general approach human rights imply and the underpinning legal framework they provide.

It is further argued that a current Scottish manifestation of 'personalisation' - the national self-directed support strategy together with the associated legislation in progress - creates a solid platform to build on and should be implemented locally in such a way that the human rights principles that lie at its core are clearly evident in the lives of individual men and women.

Kavita Chetty
John Dalrymple
Henry Simmons
The Centre for Welfare Reform