Self-directed Support and social care law

This Open Badge is awarded to people who participate in day one of MECOPP’s ‘Self-Directed Support- Making the Law Work for You: SDS, Human Rights and Equalities’ course.

The course is led by recognised experts in the fields of community care, human rights and equalities legislation.  Taking place over three consecutive days, teaching methods include presentations, case-studies, group discussions and exercises to ensure as participative an experience as possible.

Participants in day one will become aware of the general principles and entitlements contained in social care legislation and statutory guidance, how these relate to the rights of their clients at assessment and decision making stages, and the working relationship between the local authority and the supported person.

Day one will also improve a participant’s existing knowledge and ability to identify and challenge poor decision making by local authorities.

This course has been developed as part of a three year capacity building project for the Third Sector funded jointly by the Baring Foundation and the Life Changes Trust.  It is one of five work-streams under the umbrella of the 3 R’s Project.  The aim of the project is to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to effectively scrutinise and challenge local authority decision making on the allocation of resources to individuals who have an assessed entitlement to Self-directed Support.


To earn this Open Badge you must:

  • attend day one of MECOPP’s ‘Self-Directed Support- Making the Law Work for You: SDS, Human Rights and Equalities’ course.
  • participate in the group discussions and exercises.


None. This badge does not require you to hold any other badges.


Evidence for this badge will be collected during the group exercises and your Open Badge awarded following your completion of day one.

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Self-directed Support and social care law

There is no application form for this badge. Please read the criteria for information on how to earn this badge.