By John Harris, Vicky White
Drawing jointly thought and perform, this publication offers guidance for solid perform in community-care paintings. The members describe the making plans and implementation of pioneering projects locally, examine their effectivenss and description their useful implications within the gentle of the present legislative framework. The collaborative action-research initiatives with community-care groups can be utilized as case stories for college students and post-qualifying social employees and as a convention source for more matured pros. They comprise an area rehabilitation scheme constructed together by way of the social and overall healthiness prone, the implementation and improvement of a race-equality process in partnership with ethnic-minority groups, and a scheme for linking person social employees to basic perform clinics. Key strategies corresponding to risk-taking, guardianship and empowerment are tested, and the members spotlight the valuable significance of partnership and participation in community-care perform.
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The social services view at operational level was that it was impractical to have as a starting point the development by each community of its own separate service. This position was based on the relatively small numbers who would be eligible for a service, the lack of experience of most of the community groups as service providers and the wish to promote services which were as inclusive as possible: a position in conflict with the model of separate services for separate communities. Thus, there was a difference of values between the social services 56 / DEVELOPING GOOD PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY CARE department and the community leaders, as well as a different set of priorities.
115). If the process incorporates the views of those being assessed, professional assumptions about need may well be challenged (Morris 1993). In line with just such concerns, the team wanted to improve assessment reports in ways which reflected the values of social work and the principles of practice in the community care field. In order to distinguish their practice from that of health professionals, social work practitioners often quote the ‘values of social work’. 7): · · · · · · to identify and question our own values and prejudices, and their implications for practice to respect and value uniqueness and diversity, and recognise and build on strengths to promote people’s rights to choice, privacy, confidentiality and protection, while recognising and addressing the complexities of competing rights and demands to assist people to increase their control over and improve the quality of their lives to identify, analyse and take action to counter discrimination, racism, disadvantage, inequality and injustice, using strategies appropriate to role and context to practise in a manner that does not stigmatise or disadvantage either individuals, groups or communities.
We asked the audience to complete a section of an assessment, based on the scenario they had just witnessed. We then presented our material showing how assessments could be improved and asked participants to rewrite the first draft of their assessment. Everyone changed his or her first draft significantly. One practitioner changed hers from ‘Ms Woods is immobile and cannot transfer’ to ‘Ms Woods is finding it increasingly difficult to walk and feels pains in her joints when rising or transferring from her chair’.
Developing Good Practice in Community Care: Partnership and Participation by John Harris, Vicky White