STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FAMILY, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND SOCIAL SOLIDARITY AND BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND ACTIVE AGE – Quality of life for people with disabilities

Signed a memorandum of understanding between the Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Social Care Standards Authority, with the agreement aimed to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of information on sector social care services and disability.

During a press conference, Minister for Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity Michael Falzon said that this is largely government in the country’s history that a strong voice to disabled people, and this is primarily reflected more people with disabilities in employment, policies for employers employ people with disabilities, widening the Barthel Index to more people taking benefits, accessibility and more focused work really create an inclusive society.

The Minister Falzon said that although the agreement permits data exchange, both sides still remain professionally obliged to revere the privacy and confidentiality of such information.

Turn Parliamentary Secretary for Disabled and Active Aging Anthony Agius Decelis stressed how the three sets of standards regulatory social in disability sector is a good example of how collaboration can lead to positive results. He continued listing on the importance of working together in the interest of the beneficiaries to make use of social services in our country.

This MoU was signed by the Chief Executive of the Social Care Standards Authority (SCSA) Matthew Vella, and the Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Oliver Scicluna, who all stressed how this relationship will be requiring by law to monitor and safeguard the rights of disabled people, and simultaneously carrying out investigations in relation to standards issued by the same authority. This cooperation will reduce bureaucracy and strengthen the rights of disabled people. The CRPD will also be the SCSA train workers on the subject of persons with disabilities.

Source: Government of Malta