Problematising ‘Fused Principles’ in Discourses of Preventative Social Care: Interpreting the Implementation of National Social Services Legislation in Wales, UK

Simon Read*, Fiona Verity, Mark Llewellyn, Sion Tetlow, Jonathan Richards

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

20 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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Prevention is a core principle in social care legislation across the UK. However, history shows great variability in how a preventative social care agenda is conceptualised and implemented. We report findings from an independent evaluation of the implementation of the ‘2014 Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act’ incorporating a document analysis of reports and plans from Wales’ twenty-two local authorities (LAs) and eighty-eight qualitative interviews from social services strategic leaders and operational managers within four Welsh LAs. Analysis highlighted multiple interpretations of national policy, with notable overlapping agendas. In Gramscian terms, there is a constant process of negotiating prevention values and agendas, with consequences for whose interests are served. This was apparent through drives towards cost-saving, financial sustainability and reduced service demand operating alongside values-based principles rooted in well-being and mutualism. Following Kenny’s work in community development, we argue a ‘fusing’ of principles whilst espousing benefits for service users, potentially blurs the aims of the legislation, with implications for practice.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthyglbcad125
Tudalennau (o-i)2331-2351
Nifer y tudalennau21
CyfnodolynBritish Journal of Social Work
Cyfrol53
Rhif cyhoeddi4
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar27 Ebr 2023
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 22 Meh 2023

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