Support Brokerage and the perceptions of the social work role

ndoro-shezi, rudo pricilla (2012) Support Brokerage and the perceptions of the social work role. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It was suggested that for the personalisation agenda to be implemented successfully social workers needed to be pivotal to the processes involved (HM Government, 2007). The Government identified that social workers needed to be liberated from bureaucratic tasks such as gate-keeping and assessment and enabled to undertake support brokerage and advocacy functions instead. Despite this, these proposals were confronted by criticisms from some service users and sectors of disability movements who raised questions about whether the involvement of social workers in the delivery of support brokerage functions will ‘professionalise’ the role and have implications on the control that service users have over their budgets. As most of these criticisms were largely from Carer and Service User acknowledge sources, the author intended to gain a holistic perspective on the subject by exploring how the social work role was perceived across five sources of knowledge outlined by (Pawson, et al, 2003). This literature review will argue that social workers have more positive attributes to offer in Support Brokerage than independent brokers do, due to the way the brokerage model in the UK is structured at present. The matrix of power relations (Tew, 2006) will be used to facilitate understanding on how the role of social workers and issues of power are understood across the five sources of knowledge.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 11:42
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06

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