Previous chapters have argued that collaboration within and between agencies, professionals, service users, and across sectors is an essential ingredient for any contemporary system of social welfare. A further plank in the reconstruction of welfare practice has been the focus on the relationship between the state and ‘community’, those intermediary sites between family and the state (Bulmer, 1986). This chapter examines the pre-eminence given to ‘community’ as a site of and for policy-making and implementation. It explores the contested nature of community and whether it continues to have value as a working concept. Finally, it examines the potential of a community-focused approach and identifies some of the requirements if this is to be successful.
KeywordsService User Community Organisation Community Strategy Community Orientation Mental Health Service User
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