Family structures and the moral politics of caring
The popularity of community care for the frail elderly and the mentally ill and handicapped has never been higher among policy makers. Since the early 1970s successions of Government Committees of Enquiry into the role, tasks and problems of the personal social services have been pointing insistently towards the community as the main site where personal social care should be organised. Furthermore, Seebohm (1968), Barclay (1982) and Griffith (1988) have successively signalled a shift in policy thinking by advocating a more explicit community orientation for professional social workers. This gradual movement in thinking changed the social policy agenda for the 1990s, culminating in the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990. As local authorities and health boards take on the responsibility for planning and administering the new framework for community care, particularly the planning, co-ordinating and assembling of ‘care packages’ through a system of case management, it remains to be seen whether this new public commitment to community care at both a political and a practitioner level will fundamentally alter the underlying realities of this type of policy strategy.
KeywordsFamily Structure Family Therapy Community Care Family Type Family Life Cycle
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