Preventative Measures And Early Intervention Help Social Workers

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Preventative measures and early intervention help social workers resolve issues before they reach crisis point, therefore minimising the onset of long-term problems and the need for extra support (Wilson et al, 2011). Not only do social workers identify and address issues which could, potentially, impact lives, but they alleviate the barriers by introducing supportive services which are tailored to individual needs. During difficult periods, self-esteem and motivation to do anything is usually low. This can lead to dependency as people neither want to, nor feel capable of, overcoming challenges alone. Assistance, however, can reverse this pattern and encourage independence by helping people adapt to changes in life. Alterations in attitude occurs because support boosts confidence and empowers people enough to feel confidence of doing things for themselves (BASW, 2012; TCSW, 2012). According to Lewis et al (1994) the principle behind the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 was to establish ‘Care in the Community’ instead of providing residential support. Not only was it a more cost-effective measure, but it has been proved that being in a familiar environment aided users’ recuperation. This was especially noticeable in the case of older individuals as many suffered ill-health, having been discharged from hospital with little option but to live within residential care homes because of a lack of available homecare. However, although this approach was effective, local…

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