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Gerontological Social Work: Reflections on its Role, Purpose and Value

Ray, Mo, Milne, Alisoun, Beech, Christian, philips, j, Richards, Sally, Sullivan, Mary Pat, Tanner, Denise, Lloyd, Liz (2014) Gerontological Social Work: Reflections on its Role, Purpose and Value. British Journal of Social Work, 45 (4). pp. 1296-1312. ISSN 0045-3102. E-ISSN 1468-263X. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct195) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Over the last twenty years, successive welfare policies have undermined gerontological social work as a specialist area of social work practice. The UK's ageing population offers an opportunity for gerontological social work to rebuild itself. Increasing numbers of older people with long-term conditions, significant growth in the population of family carers and enhanced community-based living for people with long-term needs combine to reposition social work as—potentially—playing a crucial role in the achievement of key policy goals. The particular skill and knowledge set of social workers uniquely equips them to manage the intersection of issues that currently challenge health and welfare services: complex needs, risk, transitions, end of life, carer stress and frailty. That older service users value the approach, input and expertise of social workers and that social workers have greater capacity to deliver sustainable support are also relevant. For gerontological social work to have a future, not only is it required to reclaim its specialist role, but it must re-establish its commitment to social justice, invest in building an evidence base of effectiveness and embed ageing-related teaching in the social work curriculum.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bct195
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Alisoun J Milne
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51214 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milne, Alisoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-8156
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