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An uncertain practice: social work support for disabled people and carers moving across local authority boundaries in England

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This article reports on a study of social work practice with care recipients choosing to relocate between English local administrative units. Data were collected from interviews with 20 social work practitioners from three areas, seeking their views through the use of vignettes. Participants reported that supporting relocation: requires time and planning; is conceptualised as a key transition for those moving; and exposes practitioners (and care recipients) to local variations and the potential for risk, and therefore uncertainty. New legal rights for care recipients may decrease the problems, but local variations will remain.
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Keywords: adult social care; geographic relocation; social work practice

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: August 2019

This article was made available online on July 25, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "An uncertain practice: social work support for disabled people and carers moving across local authority boundaries in England".

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