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Richard Pugh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347213

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347213.001.0001

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Models for practice 1: personal social services

Models for practice 1: personal social services

Chapter:
(p.123) six Models for practice 1: personal social services
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Rural social work
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Richard Pugh

Brain Cheers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347213.003.0006

This chapter focuses upon the delivery of personal social services: approaches to practice designed to meet the particular needs of individuals, families, and small groups. A new reader coming to the subject of rural social work might be forgiven for wondering if there was an intrinsic conflict between personal social services and community social work. This is hardly surprising given the widespread use of the term ‘community’ to signify approaches to practice that are responsive to local context. Notions of partnership and localisation of service are hallmarks of so-called community-oriented practice. The chapter examines three dimensions of service delivery: service location and point of delivery, mode of delivery, and organisational independence and degree of specialisation. It also distinguishes four dimensions or forms of practice – generalist/specialist, visiting, embedded, and mandated or statutory practice – and reviews their implications for the provision of rural services.

Keywords:   rural social work, personal social services, community social work, partnership, localisation, service delivery, service location, point of delivery, organisational independence, specialisation

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