Community-led care and support: a new paradigm

Document type
Conference proceedings
Corporate author(s)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain)
Publisher
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 May 2015
Series
Report; 71
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Community Development and Regeneration
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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In early 2015, SCIE arranged a series of roundtable discussions exploring how to improve care and support at a time of growing demand, demographic change and financial constraint. This is the report from the discussion on the role of statutory services in enabling community-led care and support. The challenges facing care and support cannot be met in the traditional way by traditional services. Statutory services can sometimes fail to provide what people want and need, but community-led services are often closer to the client, more trusted and can release the real potential in communities.

Statutory services can sometimes be reluctant to cede power. On the other hand, as communities are expected to take on additional responsibilities – such as youth work and libraries – do they have the capacity and capability to do this? Statutory services need to rethink their role and focus on commissioning outcomes, rather than protecting the traditional system.

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