The fragmentation of social work and social care: some ramifications and a critique
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis paper critically appraises the impact of the fragmentation of social care and social work. In particular it examines the impact of splintered services and roles upon employees, service users and carers. The article concentrates upon three inter-related areas as part of a more general critique: first, reliability of services; second, relations with stakeholders; and finally, the identity of employees. Despite differences across sectors and some largely collateral benefits it is proposed that fragmentation has promoted inconsistent and unreliable services, the development of superficial relations with users and carers and the loss of belonging and fractured identities of social care employees. Fragmentation regularly spoils professional identities and generates uncertainty amidst attempts to provide effective or reliable services. Indeed fragmented, disorganised or reductive provisions often generate new risks for the recipients of services.
CitationCarey, M. (2015). The Fragmentation of Social Work and Social Care: Some Ramifications and a Critique. British Journal of Social Work, 45(8), 2406-2422. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu088
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
DescriptionThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record Carey, M. (2015). The Fragmentation of Social Work and Social Care: Some Ramifications and a Critique. British Journal of Social Work, 45(8), 2406-2422. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu088 is available online at: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/09/28/bjsw.bcu088