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The ethics of welfareHuman rights, dependency and responsibility$
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Hartley Dean

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345622

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.001.0001

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Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adults

Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adults

(p.89) Five Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adults
The ethics of welfare

Kathryn Ellis

Ruth Rogers

Policy Press

This chapter examines the findings of interviews conducted with fourteen social workers working in three local authorities in the South East of England. Of the fourteen participants, three were men and eleven were women; all of whom are white. In terms of age, three were aged under forty and the others were over forty years of age. Five of the respondents were graduates and the others were all qualified to Diploma level. Between them, they had several experiences with a variety of user groups, but their present roles were mainly focused on services for older people and people with mental illnesses. This chapter is divided into two main sections. The first section presents the findings as they relate to the three core themes of dependency, responsibility and rights explored during the interviews. The second section provides an analysis of those findings that takes account of the policy and practice contexts within which social workers currently operate. In particular, it evaluates the promised cultural transformation of public authorities in the wake of the implementation of the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA) and its potential implication on social care practice with vulnerable adults.

Keywords:   dependency, responsibility, rights, social workers, cultural transformation, public authorities, Human Rights Act, social care practice

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