The Importance Of Social Modern Carer Assessment

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Carers can be quite guarded as talking about such personal and sensitive details can be extremely hard, yet the assessment process requires this information to form effective solutions to problems. Respectful practice of social workers can make all the difference in obtaining this data as individuals who are listened to more likely to feel valued and open up to share their thoughts, feeling and wishes. Social workers who appear non-judgemental and congruent are also expected to establish a rapport built upon trust as they will identify with the carer. Likewise, carers will probably realise the social worker is genuinely interested in helping and thus be willing to engage if the social worker is empathetic (Maclean and Harrison, 2011).

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Personalisation offers a greater degree of contentment as the services reflect carer’s desires, as opposed to them receiving unsuitable offerings based on resource availability (Community Care, 2007). Thus, social workers’ aim for an outcomes assessment which is empowering as the carer is at the heart of their plan as it is shaped around their aspirations (Nicholas, 2001). The care plan is a detailed account which redistributes power to the carer as it is personalised to suit the carer’s needs. However, it can be argued that there is still a clear power imbalance between the carer and the social worker. This notion is evidenced by Carter (2016a) who claims that carer’s wishes are sometimes met with reluctance because ‘asset-based practice’ is forcing social workers into looking to utilise carer’s strengths as a cheaper …show more content…
Social work practice is governed by policies and procedures which dictate how, when and why formal support is given to carers. Social workers are monitored and have to justify their actions to ensure that the limited resources are prioritised and given to those most in need during a time when support is imperative. This in turn can mean that social worker’s actions do not necessarily follow their ethical code of practice as social workers may be prevented from offering support that they would like to offer. Similarly, carer’s wishes for assistance can be restricted by their financial circumstances because if they qualify for support they may not be happy with being potentially expected to contribute. Consequently, it could be suggested that despite legislation claiming carers’ worth, in reality carers neither really receive the recognition, nor valued service which they

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