Task 7 - Legislation, dementia care

By Aisha Small.

Legislation and frameworks within dementia.

When it comes to focusing on dementia there are legislations and frameworks that are put in place in order to make sure that people who suffer with this condition are looked after properly. Whether this is offered within a care home, their own home where they are cared for by their families or professionals. Legislations and frameworks still have to be followed, even by society.


When it comes to dementia there are legislations that have to be followed some of these consist of the Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 1998, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, and the Single Equality Act 2010.

Legislations explored:

Human Rights Act 1998.

This act was discovered in 1998, this act means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and public organisations such as the government, police and local councils. They have to treat everyone equally with fairness, dignity and respect. This act protects everyone, it doesn't matter whether you are rich, poor, old or young, still till this day there are people that need to rely on this act.

There are a variety of things this act protects against, some of these things can be the right to life, liberty, and freedom. This is because everyone has the right to be free, and you can only be imprisoned for a good enough reason. Another one is having the freedom of thought, religion, and belief. This is where everyone has the right to practice their religion and believe what they want.

Data Protection Act 1998.

This act was discovered in 1998, and it controls how an individuals personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. Everyone who uses data has to follow strict rules which are called "data protection principles" with the information they have they must make sure that it is used fairly, lawfully, used for limited specifically stated purposes. All this information must be used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive, all information must be accurate, and not kept for longer that is necessary.

However all data must be handled according to people's data protection rights, and always kept safe and secure, this means not being transferred out of the UK without adequate protection. With more sensitive information there is stronger action that is taken, this could be information such as someone's ethnic background, political opinions, religious beliefs, health, sexual health and criminal records.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Act 2006.

This act was put in place in order to help avoid harm and a risk of harm, this is done by preventing people who are deemed who are unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults from gaining access to them through their work. It later came in that a CRB (Criminal records bureau) and independent safeguarding authority then merged into one to become a DBS (disclosure and barring service). All organisations that have a responsibility to provide services to vulnerable groups have a legal obligation to refer relevant information the service.

Single Equality Act 2010.

The equality act brings in loads of different legislations that combine into one single act. Due to this it makes up a new act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals from unfair treatment, and promotes a fair and more equal society. Some of the legislations that have merged into this act are "The Equal Pay Act 1970, The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995".


With legislations there are also frameworks that are put in place to help support them, in this case there are two different frameworks that have different aims. These are:

1. Putting People First: A shared vision of commitment to the transformation of adult social care.

2. Living well with dementia: the national dementia strategy.

Frameworks explored:

1. Putting People First: A shared vision of commitment to the transformation of adult social care.

The values that this framework has it that it is there to ensure that all older people with chronic conditions, disabled people and people who suffer with mental health problems have the best possible quality of life and the equality of independent living is fundamental to a socially accepted society. The way that this is achieved is to put in place a system that works and enables high quality personally tailored services. This is because it is important that people in the future can have choice, control and power over the support services they wish to receive.

They will have a responsibility to provide care and protection for those who through their illness or disability are genuinely unable to express their needs and wants, or have control over exercise. Self-determination will be at the heart of the system. Over time people who use these services will shape their own services, such as personal budgets. With results to this the state and statutory agencies will have a different but not lesser role, more active and enabling and less controlling.

2. Living well with dementia: the national dementia strategy.

This framework provides a strategic framework which local services can aim to deliver quality improvements to dementia services and address health inequalities relating to dementia. Provide advice and guidance and support for health and social care commissioners and providers in the planning, development and monitoring of services, and lastly to provide a guide to the content of high quality services for dementia.

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