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Managing transitionsSupport for individuals at key points of change$
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Alison Petch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421883

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421883.001.0001

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From service provision to self-directed support

From service provision to self-directed support

(p.93) Seven From service provision to self-directed support
Managing transitions

George Julian

Policy Press

This chapter examines the radical changes currently seeking to transform social services for adults – from service provision to self-directed support. In the United Kingdom, direct payments and individual budgets have been major forces for change in adult social care, and there is considerable policy support for building on current progress and extending these concepts further in the future. The chapter presents an overview of the transitions and changes in the British social-care system. After providing an overview of policy and an introduction to a system in transition, it discusses the changing role of service users and user organisations in the development of the self-directed-support agenda, the changing role of social workers, support planning and brokerage for people using self-directed support, and risk and risk management.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, self-directed support, transitions, adults, social services, social care, direct payments, individual budgets, service users, service provision

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