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Section 2 Law, management and ethics in health and social care

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Section 1 Ethics: Research and provision in health and social care

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169 SIX social care summary • Care is an important moral philosophical concept for social policy that emphasises the moral relations that bind human beings. This ethics of care is juxtaposed with the ethics of justice that stipulates that social welfare is best achieved through the provision of universal social rights and the just redistribution of wealth. • The ethics of care thus goes beyond social care services to a broader community-based culture of compassion and social trust also denoted by the concept of social capital

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155 10 Social care Introduction It may be asserted that, with rare exceptions, we are all both receivers of care and givers of care. This assertion points us towards some of the issues involved in identifying social care policies. First, there are many situations in which care is not seen as a public issue that calls for public policies. In this respect caring occurs in many contexts as a private concern, given and received in the context of human bonds and relationships. Second, where social care is seen as a public issue it is very often in a context in

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Introduction In this debate piece (written by UK and Australian academics), we discuss the utility of the term ‘social care’. This term has been used in the UK for more than 20 years. While not as widely used in Australia, it is understood in both countries to describe the provision of social work, personal care, protection or social support services across the lifespan for those with needs arising from illness, disability, old age and/or poverty. The overall aim of this article is to debate whether ‘social care’ is the right term to support people and

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13 PART I Health, social care and community wellbeing Introduction Adrian Bonner In Chapter 1, Harry Burns sets the context of this book by drawing our attention to the decline in life expectancy in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and other European countries since 2014. This demographic phenomenon appears to be related to underlying social and economic factors, leading to ‘deaths of despair’. Social isolation and poor labour market opportunities negatively impact on physical and mental health. There are particular concerns regarding

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539© The Policy Press • 2007 • ISSN 1744 2648 pr ac tic e Key words social care • evidence base • good practice • systematic Systematic maps to support the evidence base in social care Salina Bates, Janet Clapton and Esther Coren English Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) aims to improve the experience of service users and practitioners by developing and promoting good practice in the social care sector by commissioning and disseminating knowledge-based practice guidance. This article focuses on SCIE’s development of the role of systematic mapping in

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“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass What is it? It is surprising that, despite all the attention social care has received in the media and by policy-makers, it is hard to pin down a clear definition of what the term actually means ( Smith et

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Social care detention, and its growing reach into the lives of older and disabled citizens and their caregivers, is one of the most striking socio-legal phenomena of the 21st century. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Cheshire West , the ambit of legal machinery designed to regulate institutional carceral care has broken free of its conceptual moorings and stands poised to regulate care arrangements far removed from formal ‘institutions’, producing paradoxical outcomes and practical dilemmas explored throughout this book. By naming this socio

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157 ELEVEN Ethics and the management of health and social care Jeff Girling Summary Management is essentially a practical discipline that is concerned with resolving problems and making decisions about the use of resources. The common perception is that of a concern with questions of getting things done in line with the government policy of the day. However, this is only part of the story. In the increasingly complex world of health and social care, management is also concerned with questions of value and judgement. In the real world managers have to deal with

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