Webinar: International Perspectives on Developing a Human Rights-based Social Care System (Wednesday 28 February 2024 - 10.00–12.00)

A 2-part webinar series looking at how to support people with learning disabilities to live independently

Webinar 1 – International Perspectives on Developing a Human Rights-based Social Care System

Wednesday 28th February 2024 10.00–12.00

Do some social care systems serve to uphold human rights while others undermine them?

SCLD and Global Leadership Exchange invites you to a webinar that takes a look at models of social care from different countries.

Here in Scotland the Scottish Government is developing a new National Care Service, committing to a human rights- based approach and following a co-design model. This webinar gives you the chance to hear about and consider what needs to be in place to bring about a National Care Service that is person-led, human rights- informed and meets the support needs of people with learning disabilities.

Five excellent speakers will talk about different systems of social care and support in a number of countries.


Simon Duffy MA DMS PhD is the President of Citizen Network Osk, Director of Citizen Network Research and Chair of Citizen’s Basic Income Trust. He has led innovative work on personal budgets, peer support and personalised support since 1990. He has created several organisations, including Citizen Network, Inclusion Glasgow, In Control and the Citizen Network Research (previously the Centre for Welfare Reform). He also co-founded the SDS Network, the UBI Lab Network and the Neighbourhood Democracy Movement. He has been a Harkness Fellow (1994)
and is a recipient of the RSA’s Prince Albert Medal (2008) and the Social Policy Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution (2011). Simon has a doctorate in moral philosophy and has written multiple publications, including the Keys to Citizenship (2003), Women at the Centre (2011) and the Unmaking of Man (2013) and has been published in numerous social policy journals.

Eddie Bartnik is an independent consultant with extensive long term experience in disability and mental health. He works internationally through his consulting work and also his role as International Lead for Disability with Global Leadership Exchange. He has held a range of senior government positions in Australia including Strategic Advisor with the National Disability Insurance Agency, Mental Health Commissioner for Western Australia, Director General of the WA Department for Communities and Director with the WA Disability Services Commission.

Peter Scott OBE, Chief Executive Officer has over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary and public sector, specifically in the area of disability. He began his career as a Support Worker in a supported living service for people who have learning disabilities in 1993 for a charity called Fair Deal. For the next 17 years, Peter undertook a number of support and managerial roles with RNIB and ENABLE Scotland before becoming an Executive Director for Enable in 2008. In 2010, Peter became Enable’s 6th CEO, before moving to the newly created public body Independent Living Fund Scotland as CEO in 2015. Peter was previously a Trustee and Chair of SCLD.

Anne Marie Monaghan has worked in a variety of jobs and in consultancy across social work and social care for 43 years. She has substantial experience and skills in both operational and strategic roles and worked in senior management positions in the
local authority. She has also worked as a freelance consultant across the third sector and more recently was engaged by Social Security Scotland as a subject matter expert in social care; and with the Scottish Association for Social Work as an independent
advisor on the National Care Service developments. Anne-Marie is an effective leader and, drawing on her own experience as a disabled woman, is a strong advocate for self-directed support having been instrumental in its development since leading one of the Scottish Government’s original test sites. For the last 4 years she has been a Board Member of ILF and sits as a non-executive member on the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board, as well as being their disability champion.

Donna Bell is Director of Social Care and National Care Service Development at Scottish Government. She has previously led on a number of Scottish Government policy areas: Covid Response, Mental Health, Police, Improvement, Attainment and Wellbeing in Learning, Early Years and Youth Justice. Donna initially worked in Financial Services, before joining the Scottish Government in 2002.

The webinar will be chaired by Rachel Cackett. Rachel is Chief Executive at the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS).

You can register for the webinar here.

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