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What is (Adult) Social Care in England? Its origins and meaning

Smith, Randall C, Lloyd, Liz, Cameron, Ailsa M, Johnson, Eleanor K and Willis, Paul B ORCID: 2019. What is (Adult) Social Care in England? Its origins and meaning. Research, Policy and Planning 33 (2) , pp. 45-56.

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The term ‘social care’ emerged in both official and academic publications in England in the 1990s but has not been defined in legislation. How the phrase has varied in usage over the last 20 plus years is outlined in this article. Whilst the element of ‘personal care’ has been present in the range of descriptions of ‘social care’, the policy context has changed dramatically, affecting the broader debate about priorities in public support for vulnerable adults. What ‘social care’ means as a policy rather than a practice has changed over time. The notion of indeterminacy provides a plausible explanation of changes in terminology and meaning in policies and practices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Social Services Research Group
ISSN: 0264-519X
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 15:30

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