The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 8 August 2018.

The Charities (Amendment) Bill was approved. This Bill amends the Charities Ordinance 2005 to require charitable organisations that deal primarily with vulnerable adults to develop and maintain a safeguarding policy. The Bill was approved for forwarding to Executive Council with the recommendation that it be printed, published and debated at a formal meeting of Legislative Council.

Approval was given to a Disabled Facilities Policy on home adaptions based on assessed needs for those with a disability. The Safeguarding Directorate will produce detailed procedures for implementing this Policy. Once completed, the public can request a copy from the Safeguarding Directorate or the Occupational Therapist.

Agreement was given for Corporate Finance to work with the Safeguarding Directorate to review the Service Level Agreement with SHAPE.

The Social Security Review Working Group gave an interim update on their review of the Social Security Ordinance. Principles were set out as to what vulnerable groups the Social Security system should ensure are protected. A review of the existing system against the principles was presented alongside a list of potential options for change.

Behavioural Specialist, Jeaninne Law, was introduced to the Committee.

The SCDC comprises of voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. Non-voting members are the Director of Safeguarding and the Government Economist. The Committee Secretary is Nicole Plato.

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15 August 2018

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