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Individual budgets and adult safeguarding: parallel or converging tracks?: further findings from the evaluation of the individual budget pilots

Manthorpe, Jill, Stevens, Martin, Rapaport, Joan, Challis, David, Jacobs, Sally, Netten, Ann, Jones, Karen, Knapp, Martin, Wilberforce, Mark and Glendinning, Caroline (2011) Individual budgets and adult safeguarding: parallel or converging tracks?: further findings from the evaluation of the individual budget pilots. Journal of Social Work Education, 11 (4). pp. 422-438. ISSN 1043-7797

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Abstract

• Summary: The transformation of adult social care in England is underway, with the aim of promoting greater control and choice among people eligible for publicly funded social care services. A key part of personalization is the policy move to promote personal budgets. This article aims to investigate the inter-relation of personal budgets with another policy goal, adult safeguarding. A pilot programme of the predecessors of personal budgets, individual budgets, took place 2005–2008 and was evaluated by an independent research team. This article presents findings from the team’s second round of interviews with adult safeguarding coordinators (ASCs) in the 13 pilot sites held early 2008 which are discussed in the context of proposed adult safeguarding reforms in England. • Findings: This second round of interviews with ASCs revealed greater engagement with social care transformation than previously. However, their detailed expertise in adult safeguarding and their local intelligence and experiences were not regularly accessed. This may constitute a missed opportunity to address some of the tensions of personalization in practice. • Application: The interviews reveal that the personalization of social care is often interpreted as relating to greater use of Direct Payments and has yet to consider other facets of this policy transformation that are central to social work practice, including safeguarding.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jsw.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 14:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32663/

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