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The Changing Role of Social Care

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Focusing on the enormous organisational and cultural changes that local authority social services have undergone since the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act, this volume provides an overview of the structure and function of social care at practice, management and policy levels. It contains contributions from leading academics, researchers and practitioners in the UK, and also includes chapters on the experiences across the United Kingdom and abroad. The contributors examine the impact and effectiveness of key shifts in:

the weighting of responsibility of central and local government

who the purchasers and providers of social care are

the interaction between social services and other agencies

the relationship between voluntary and statutory sectors

the involvement of users and carers in service design and provision.

They assess the significance of the breakdown of the traditional distinctions and roles underlying social care, and lay the foundations for effective and coordinated future policy, practice and research. With the publication of the Labour Government's White Paper Modernising Social Services, the future of social care is set for yet more upheaval. This volume will provide an indispensable overview of the evolution and destiny of local authority social services for students, practitioners and managers.
  • Published: Dec 01 1999
  • Pages: 256
  • 232 x 154mm
  • ISBN: 9781853027529
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  • Journal of Interprofessional Care

    A comprehensive and compelling account of the development of social care policy and provision with a particular emphasis on the last decade... As it is there is so much to admire and recommend. It is a DipSW or social policy student's paradise, replete with evidence from research, lucidly showing the main threads of government policy and presenting information with accessible graphs and charts and a collective style which is never less than clear and resonant. Its topicality will also encourage practitioners to reflect on real issues of role and relationships.