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Critical perspectives in health and social care
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This edited book provides a hard-hitting and deliberately provocative overview of the relationship between evidence, policy and practice, how policy is implemented and how research can and should influence the policy process. It critiques the notion of ‘evidence-based practice’, suggesting instead a more inclusive idea of ‘knowledge-base practice’, based in part on the lived experience of service users. It will be of interest to everyone in health and social care policy, practice and research.

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67 FIVE Research, policy and practice Nick Frost and Bernie Jackson Introduction Family Group Conferences (FGCs) are a restorative child-welfare practice that have the goal of enabling families to develop and apply their own solutions to any child welfare challenges they may be facing. FGCs, known as Family Group Decision Making (FGDMs) in North America, are characterised by being a family-led, strengths-based, solution-focused process which is able to mobilise informal support mechanisms. The basis of a restorative approach is that people can be more

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209 CHAPTER 13 Policy and practice reflections Introduction The policy and practice chapters raised issues that deserve further attention. We start with the policy that, more than any other, has driven wellbeing practice in UK schools, Every Child Matters (ECM) (DFES, 2004a). ECM uses an objective list model of wellbeing, with Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and many of the conflict resolution programmes serving as its operationalised arm. ECM, ‘warts and all’, is the vehicle through which notions of wellbeing are currently addressed in

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Part 3: Implications for policy and practice

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139 Part Two Issues in policy and practice

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507 Older age: policy and practice THIRTEEN Older age: policy and practice Introduction There is no consensus as to when old age starts or whether it should be defined by chronological age or frailty. Indeed, as policy initiatives such as Better Government for Older People (BGOP) include all those aged over 50, old age may embrace three generations. There is, however, an undisputed increase in the number of very elderly people and a growth in elderly-only households. These demographic and social trends have combined with factors such as the changing context of

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99 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE 5 Recommendations for policy and practice Drawing on the questions, summaries and frameworks set out in this book, there are a series of practical recommendations and potential warnings that arise, for both policy and practice. For policy-makers • Governments need to be clearer about what they expect IPE to deliver. IPE can, and should, play a major role in preparing professionals to work collaboratively to the ultimate benefit of service users and carers. But it is no substitute for removing the structural

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105 EVALUATING OUTCOMES IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 5 Recommendations for policy and practice Drawing on the questions, summaries and frameworks set out in this book, there are a series of practical recommendations and potential warnings that arise, for both policy and practice. For policy-makers • Given that collaboration takes so many different forms and is driven by different goals, they cannot be expected to deliver the same outcomes. More research is required to establish what kinds of collaborative arrangements can produce which kinds of outcomes, for

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153 SEVEN Conclusion: Policy and practice recommendations The lone mothers, whose stories of struggle and survival are told in this book, are neither exceptional nor unique. Rather their lives mirror the lives of many other low-income mothers in Denmark, where despite strong social insurance policies, families that are poor and female-headed are not faring well; and even more troubling, face decreasing social supports. The discourse of equality in Danish society serves to further stigmatize vulnerable lone mothers, who stand as living icons of ‘failure

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This valuable book is the first to bring together theory and policy with analysis and expertise on practices in key areas of the public realm to explore what religious literacy is, why it is needed and what might be done about it. It makes the case for a public realm which is well equipped to engage with the plurality and pervasiveness of religion and belief, whatever the individual’s own stance. It is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in the policy and practice implications of the continuing presence of religion and belief in the public sphere.

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