The 1996 Community Care (Direct Payments) Act came into force in 1 April 1997, empowering social services departments to make cash payments to some service users in lieu of direct service provision. Social work and direct payments guides readers through the issues at stake in this fundamental area of practice.
The book summarises and builds on current knowledge and research about direct payments in the UK and considers developments in other European countries. It identifies good practice in the area and explores the implications of direct payments, both for service users and for social work staff.
Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. A qualified social worker by background, he has been a board member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, an NHS Non-Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care. Rosemary Littlechild is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Birmingham. She is a qualified social worker and her research and publication interests are in work with older people, community care, partnership working between social care and health services, and service user and carer involvement.
Contents: Introduction; History; From indirect to direct payments I: legislation; From indirect to direct payments II: guidance and extension; The progress of direct payments; The experiences of different user groups; The advantages of direct payments; Possible difficulties; Practical issues; Conclusion: implications for community care