In Control's work is underpinned and informed by a set of key
ideas that describe our shared values and inform how we work
together to bring about social change.
Everyone is different. We all enjoy different skills, gifts and
talents and we all have a need for support of some kind. We
celebrate this diversity and recognise that all of our lives and
communities are richer because we are all unique.
As individuals and families we benefit from taking part in and
contributing to our communities. Communities thrive when they are
open and welcoming to all their members, regardless of their need
for support. It is often necessary to make changes in our
communities so that everyone can take part.
Disabled people have long campaigned for their right to live an
ordinary life as valued members of their community. We recognise
and support this right.
Dignity for all
We are all entitled to be treated with respect. Too often the
fact that someone has a need for additional support can mean they
are not treated with dignity and respect. This is wrong. Those
responsible for providing or arranging support have a duty of care
and a responsibility to ensure the dignity of people who need
The way we have traditionally organised our society often means
that these key principles are not felt in the everyday lives of
people who need support. To address this means whole scale social
change, and to stimulate this wider change, In Control is working
to reform our health, social care and education systems. In Control
believes that these social systems must be based upon new roles and
relationships between those people working within the system and
those people who rely upon them.
These reformed roles and new relationships must be characterised
Ensuring flexible support is available to those who need it, in
a timely way, is the key to avoiding harmful and unnecessary
People who need support and their families will often have long
established and mutually beneficial relationships. It should be the
function of our social systems to support not replace these
Individuals who need support and their families should be
trusted to make good decisions. People should be presumed
trustworthy until proven otherwise; the rules regulating our social
systems should reflect this presumption of trust.
Individuals who need support and their families should enjoy the
maximum level of flexibility, choice and control over their
support. Resources allocated to them for their support should be
under their control.
It is reasonable to expect people who need support and their
families to account for how the resources they have been allocated
have been used. This does not mean they should have to forgo their
right to privacy or that their right to make decisions should be
Transparency, simplicity and openness
It is often difficult for people to understand how our social
system works. People who need support and their families have a
right to know 'the rules' of the system. Especially in relation to:
what level of support they can expect and what level of control
they can enjoy. Rules determining eligibility and allocation of
resources should be applied fairly and openly with a view to
reaching consensus. Where this is not possible, their application
should be readily subject to independent challenge and review.
There should be enough resources allocated to individuals who
need support and their families to ensure their wellbeing and
These principles underpin and define key roles for three
People who need support and their families
have a leading role, being free to exercise
day-to-day decisions over their own life, including complete
control of their support.
(leaders and organisations within them) have a
welcoming and supporting role. This involves being open and welcome
to all, helping people who need support to understand and access
has an enabling role involving: the setting of
clear and open rules that structure our systems, fair
administration of financial resources and stepping back to allow
people and communities to thrive.
Bringing about the change
To bring about changes of this magnitude will require action
beyond any one individual, organisation or political party. In
Control will continue to work to stimulate and galvanise action at
a community level - people power.