Current Affairs
Consultation launched on regulatory respite service standards for persons with disability

Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability, Anthony Agius Decelis, launched a public consultation on standards in the respite services provided by private and voluntary entities with the aim of having a regulatory and quality service.

Operators in the private sector and organizations which provide respite services to families with disabled persons are being requested to air their views on regulatory standards required in these services, which will be licensed.

The chief executive of the Authority for Social Protection Standards, Matthew Vella, said that the guidelines are based on seven principles on the dignity, privacy, the choice and implementation of the individual’s potential. He stated that the standards should assist both persons with disability and also their carers as they are earmarked to improve the quality of the offered service. A signed agreement between operators and those receiving the service should be in place, he added.

“As an authority we are responsible on monitoring, we work by dialogue and full cooperation with the different service providers. Each service provider is in the process of being granted a licence to operate in the service of social care and we are conducting monitoring by competent persons in the sector”.

Parliamentary Secretary Agius Decelis stated that these standards should provide rest of mind to persons with disability who will be provided with high quality service. The Government, he said, will invest more in these services to assist relatives of persons with disability.

“In the 2019 Budget, the Government invested a million euro so that, together with the private sector, it is offering 7,600 days through 21 of its slots to persons with severe disability and their parents will be able to use this facility”, he added.

The Parliamentary Secretary called on those who have the disability sector at heart to make their comments and suggestions on the proposed guidelines and legal draft by the end of the year.

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