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Strengths-based practice: social care’s latest Elixir or the next false dawn?

Slasberg, Colin and Beresford, Peter (2017) 'Strengths-based practice: social care’s latest Elixir or the next false dawn?' Disability and Society, 32 (2). 269 - 273. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

There has never been such a consensus that social care is in crisis in England. However, it cannot be assumed this will result in fundamental rethinking of the future. Social care continues to search for a miracle cure that will painlessly transform it into a system both personalised and will cost less. The current ‘elixir’ is ‘strengths based practice’. This article suggests, however, that the current depersonalising and wasteful practices which strengths based practice is meant to replace are a product of the system within which practitioners work. There is unlikely to be significant change until that system has changed. If the current sense of crisis translates only into short-term action to keep the system afloat, the elixir will most likely be the prelude to the next false dawn.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strengths-based practice, personalisation, personal budgets, person-centred practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 15:05
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19415

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