The Shared Lives Charter (see file below) is a way for schemes and Shared Lives carers to talk about their practice and ensure they are inclusive, fair and diverse, where everyone is valued for the contribution they can make. It has been developed with Shared Lives carers and schemes.
We encourage Shared Lives carers, managers and commissioners to adapt this Charter and use it, together with the Quality Framework and The Ambassadors’ Test, to develop and improve their scheme, especially when there are any changes.
The Charter, The Ambassadors’ Test and the Quality Framework together set out what good looks like in Shared Lives. Our hope is that they will help to create an environment where individuals can be supported through Shared Lives to get the best care and support possible in order to live the life they choose.
Flagship schemes using the Charter in 2019:
Hackney Shared Lives
“We have established a strong foundation from which to develop the scheme, and as a “work in progress” we hope to demonstrate Hackneys’ commitment and intentions towards the five principles of the Charter. We are now working towards improving the voice, status and pay conditions for shared lives carers. The charter is timely in reflecting the work of the Hackney Shared Lives and the our aspirations in strengthening the co-production ethos. ”
Kim Bush, Hackney Shared Lives registered manager.
“We are at a very exciting time in the development of CVT Shared Lives West Midlands Scheme and our aim is for us to be a service that people really want to be part of. We are signing up to the Shared Lives Plus Charter to demonstrate our commitment to the guiding principles, and our ethos of an open and transparent culture where everyone can be involved in developing the service. We will use the Charter’s principles as a tool to ensure we create an environment where individuals can be supported through Shared Lives to get the best care and support possible in order to live the life they choose.”
Kate Morgan, Camphill Village Trust, Dudley
East Lothian Shared Lives
“We are excited about developing and expanding East Lothian Shared Lives service (currently known as the Adult Placement Service). We are signing up to the Shared Lives Plus Charters as we want to move forward demonstrating our firm belief in the guiding principles laid out in the Charter. We are committed to taking the Charter’s principles into account in all of the work that we do. As we grow and develop we are wanting to keep our focus on improving the experience of people who are part of Shared Lives arrangements and keeping them at the centre of all that we do. Signing up to the Charter represents our commitment to move forward in a positive way.”
Gillian Neil, East Lothian Shared Lives scheme manager