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Simone Baglioni and Stephen Sinclair

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447320104

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447320104.001.0001

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Social innovation and care provision

Social innovation and care provision

(p.81) Four Social innovation and care provision
Social Innovation and Social Policy

Simone Baglioni

Stephen Sinclair

Policy Press

This chapter introduces and discusses examples of social innovation in response to the growing and pressing need to provide care for different groups. Social innovations in this area are often user-led and highly participatory. Many of the most imaginative such initiatives emerge from bottom-up responses developed by citizens’ groups. In other cases, social innovations are initiated by former public officials, frustrated at the lack of an effective response to care needs. The chapter discusses examples of such innovations. These include parental self-provision of childcare in France; involving members of migrant communities to assist with integrating new migrants in Germany; and supporting independent living for older people while providing accommodation for young people in Italy. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the lessons and potential transferability of such innovations to other contexts.

Keywords:   social innovation, social care, ageing, childcare, migrant communities

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