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Susan Balloch and Marilyn Taylor

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342201

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342201.001.0001

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Partnership between service users and statutory social services

Partnership between service users and statutory social services

(p.165) Eight Partnership between service users and statutory social services
Partnership working

Balloch Michael Turner and Susan

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This chapter considers strategies to develop partnerships with users of social services. It describes some strategies being developed to achieve user involvement including the funding of service users to provide their own services and limited consultation processes. It expresses concern over the reluctance of local authorities and professionals to share decision making, tokenistic gestures in the direction of user empowerment that fall far short of power sharing and the temptation to rely on carers and proxies to understand what users want.

Keywords:   partnership, social services, user involvement, service users, consultation processes, decision making, local authorities, power sharing

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