Strengths-based Social Work with Older People: A UK Perspective

Nelson-Becker, Holly, Lloyd, Liz, Milne, Alisoun, Perry, Emma ORCID: 0000-0002-7973-5055, Ray, Mo, Richards, Sally, Sullivan, Mary P., Tanner, Denise and Willis, Paul (2020) Strengths-based Social Work with Older People: A UK Perspective. In: Rooted in Strengths: Celebrating the Strengths Perspective in Social Work. University of Kansas Libraries, pp. 327-346. ISBN 9781936153152

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Social work in the UK and US had similar origins with a historical focus on both community-based work, similar to Jane Addams’ settlement house, and individual casework/care management aligned with Mary Richmond’s approach to care (Gollins et al., 2016). The visit by Jane Addams in the 1880s to Toynbee Hall, a settlement house founded in London in 1884 to assist the poor through providing opportunities that would lead to social reform, is often cited as a key inspiration for the inception of social work in the US (Addams, 1910). In Addam’s description, there was an early recognition of a need to balance focus on youth and older people and to create intergenerational capacity in strengths. That interest remains present today and, with burgeoning numbers of people growing older globally (WHO, 2018), countries have responded in varying ways to this challenge to prepare for the future. Often this is driven by a need to reconcile competing agendas. The move to personalisation and personal budgets under recent UK Governments was an attempt to shift control of care to individual choices, a strengths view, but at the same time, those budgets were being reduced in line with Government austerity measures. This policy and practice environment has shaped the conceptualisation of and approaches to strength-based practice for older people in the UK in ways that are different from the US.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV40-69 Social Work
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 09:00
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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