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Circles of support and personalisation: exploring the economic case

Wistow, Gerald, Perkins, Margaret, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Bauer, Annette ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-1631 and Bonin, Eva-Maria ORCID: 0000-0001-9123-9217 (2016) Circles of support and personalisation: exploring the economic case. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20 (2). pp. 194-207. ISSN 1744-6295

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1744629516637997


Circles of Support aim to enable people with learning disabilities (and others) to live full lives as part of their communities. As part of a wider study of the economic case for community capacity building conducted from 2012-2014, we conducted a mixed methods study of five Circles in North West England. Members of these Circles were supporting adults with moderate to profound learning disabilities and provided accounts of success in enabling the core member to live more independent lives with improved social care outcomes within cost envelopes that appeared to be less than more traditional types of support. The Circles also reported success in harnessing community resources to promote social inclusion and improve wellbeing. This very small scale study can only offer tentative evidence but does appear to justify more rigorous research into the potential of Circles to secure cost effective means of providing support to people with learning disabilities than the alternative, which in most cases would have been a long-term residential care placement.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 11:58
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:52

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