Understanding Community Care

A Guide for Social Workers

  • Authors
  • Ann McDonald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 245-265

About this book


The community care changes of the 1990s have posed a significant challenge to traditional social work policy and practice. The impact of community care on social work with older people, in mental health, with people with disabilities and in services for HIV/AIDs and substance misuse, has not always been the same. For each of these groups, new research and policy changes are described to highlight similarities and differences in the ways in which services and practice have developed. The new language relating to community care is still having to be learned, and so new `terms of art' such as purchaser/provider split, quasi-markets and care management are described and explained in the context of the history of community care as a system. These changing ideas and new ways of organising services have affected not only social care agencies, but also many other public agencies such as health, education and housing, all of which have undergone considerable upheavals during the 1990s. Exploring the ramifications of this inter-agency and inter-professional working is one of the basic themes of this book.

Another theme is the relationship between social work itself and the tasks of care management. The reader is taken through the various stages of care management from assessment, through care planning to monitoring and review to examine the principles, skills and values which are relevant at each stage. As this book is written primarily for student social workers it links these skills to the competences set out by CCETSW for the Diploma in Social Work. Students, lecturers and practice teachers will therefore be able to look upon this book as a textbook for a particular pathway or option in community care or adult care within the Diploma in Social Work. A number of practical exercises and case studies are included for further discussion and study. Because of its wide-ranging interpretation of the boundaries of community care it is hoped that this book will also be useful and relevant to other professions such as nursing and occupational therapy, and for a wide range of workers in the social care field.


care Integration service social work

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