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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2000): Social Care - UK - Community Care

CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY CARE: A NEGOTIATED PROCESS

J. Powell

British Journal of Social Work, vol. 29, 1999, p.861-875

Drawing on a wider study of community care arrangements for visually impaired people, paper explores the implementation of contractual arrangements as part of the developing formalization of partnerships between local authority social services departments and voluntary organisations.

EARLY STEPS IN IMPLEMENTING THE NEW COMMUNITY CARE: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

P. Hardiker and M. Barker

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 7, 1999, p.417-426

Paper analyses the findings of a small-scale qualitative study in which needs-led assessments and care packages were examined in the early days of the implementation of the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act. A sample of 24 cases was used, spanning elderly, physical disability, learning disability and community mental health teams in two divisions of a county social services department.

HOUSING: THE FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY CARE?

C. Bochel, H. Bochel and D. Page

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 7, 1999, p.492-501

Article critically examines the emergence and development of the idea of housing as a key component of community care, identifying some reasons why housing has risen from a marginalised position to the central role which it is now suggested it should occupy. Authors conclude that, while some progress has been made, a fundamental shift in thinking is still required at many levels. They suggest that community care users have consistently claimed that housing is the first essential component of effective community care. Other participants in the community care process need to endorse and, develop an 'ordinary housing approach to community care, in which housing is genuinely accepted as a vital component and which can be translated into practice.

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