Social Work Taskforce
Key recommendations on social work reform include:
(For summary and comment see Professional Social Work, Jan. 2010, p. 17-20) URL: http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/01114-2009DOM-EN.pdf
Public Finance, Jan. 15th-21st 2010, p. 16-17
After being sidelined for many years, social care has become a hot political issue. A Bill to give free home care to the most needy elderly and disabled people is being rushed through Parliament, and the Labour government intends to publish a white paper before the 2010 general election.
Community Care, Dec. 3rd 2009, p. 18-29
This special report aims to outline the main challenges facing social care as demand rises and funding is cut back due to the recession. The report presents opinion from councils and sector bodies on what the immediate future holds for social services, argues for the vital role of preventative services in the children's sector and re-enablement programmes for older people, and explores the impact of the growth in unemployment on mental health services.
J. Manthorpe and others
British Journal of Social Work, vol. 39, 2009, p. 1465-1480
The Department of Health has piloted the use of Individual Budgets as a form of personalised support for adults in 13 local authorities in England. This article reports on interviews with adult protection leads in the 13 pilot sites about the pilots' linkages to their work, their perceptions of the launch of the scheme, and the policy's fit with safeguarding and risk agendas. The interviews were undertaken as part of the national evaluation of the pilots. Adult protection leads were not central to the early implementation of Individual Budgets. They had concerns about the risk of financial abuse of vulnerable adults inherent in Individual Budgets.
C. Wallace and M. Davies
London: Sage, 2009
Shared assessment is the standardised approach to assessment and the sharing of information and documentation within and between health and social care. This book offers students and practitioners a step-by-step guide to the process, helping them to overcome some of the anxieties induced by change and providing realistic guidance on the process. Key concepts discussed throughout are: