Reconceptualising Work with 'carers': New Directions for Policy and Practice

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003 - Social Science - 208 pages

In the wake of the profound changes in policy and practice around caring over the past ten years, this volume takes a fresh look at the social and legal status of carers. Demonstrating the scope and diversity of 'caring', the contributors highlight the positive aspects of caring and the interdependence of many caring relationships but also broach the sensitive and complex subject of `poor' care and the importance of identifying and meeting the needs of 'hidden carers'.

Arguing that policy and practice must take account of both carers' and users' interests, the contributors re-evaluate the existing role of carers in developing new ideas in the planning and delivery of their services. Each of the book's chapters points to the future and looks at alternative and innovative ways forward in relation to thinking, policy and practice. This will make essential reading for social work and social science academics and students; professionals in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors looking after the interests of carers; health and social care practitioners; nurses and care agency workers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Looking Beyond Welfare
37
Diversity among Carers
56
Carers and Assessment
72
Their Support
96
Carers Participation in Policy
117
Carers and Employment
137
Getting to Grips with Poor Care
160
The Legal Framework of Caring
177
THE CONTRIBUTORS
195
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About the author (2003)

Kirsten Stalker is a Reader in the Education Faculty at Strathclyde University. She has published widely in the field of social work and is the author of Share the Care and co-editor of Growing up with Disability, also available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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