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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2006): Social care - UK

Grounds for optimism

B. Hudson
Community Care, Dec.1st-7th 2005, p.34-35

Most research into inter-professional working is pessimistic about what can be achieved.  However, an evaluation of the Sedgefield integrated teams programme has revealed positive results.  This programme involved collocating district nurses, social workers and housing support officers in neighbourhood teams under a single management.

Rate and see

A.U. Sale
Community Care, Dec.1st-7th 2005, p.28-29

In future there will be separate inspection services for children’s and adults’ services.  Services for adults will be star-rated annually, but those for children will be reviewed jointly by Ofsted and the Commission for Social Care Inspection every three years, with a rating method yet to be decided.

Social services hindered by lack of cash says inspector

J. Carvel
Guardian, December 1st 2005, p.13

The Chief Executive of the Commission for Social Care Inspection has announced improvements demanded by government cannot be delivered by social services without extra cash. Social care leaders are already delivering more than their meagre resources would suggest possible but there are glaring deficiencies in provision of support for carers, foster and adoptive families, and children in care.

Talking about care: two sides to the story

L. Forbat
Bristol: Policy Press, 2005

The book offers a unique approach to scrutinising the co-existence of both care and abuse in relationships. It demonstrates ways of increasing critical reflexivity when working with people involved in difficult care relationships. It explores new territory by addressing both practice and theoretical issues, drawing particular attention to the utility of discourse analysis in practice.

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