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Why do we want social workers - Carers UK Forum

Why do we want social workers

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The role of social workers is likely to change, as many disabled and older people are now receiving cash via individual budgets or direct payments to pay for their support needs, instead of having services provided by Social Services.

In future social workers may become Support Brokers to help people spend the cash by choosing the services that best meet their assessed needs. For example, a Support Broker could give information about the range and type of services that are available for people to purchase.

Do you think this is what social workers should do?

We are conducting research into people’s views about the future role of social workers. All responses will be treated as confidential.
Professor David Leece, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Janet Leece, Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University
Moved this to the Consultations board.

As I understand it, it seems that personalisation will still leave social workers involved with deciding what funding a person/service user/customer will receive, and what they need. It doesn't seem appropriate that they should then help decide where the help comes from: it would be no real change from what happens now, just a different name. If change is happening, make it real.
Who do you think should be performing the service broker role to help people get the services they need?

And what do you think social workers should do in this new system? Perhaps help to protect vunerable people from abuse?
I'm sorry but what exactly do social workers do now? Most of the ones we have had have been as much use as a chocolate poker. What is the point of a social worker except to act as guardians to the social work departments budget and tell you that you need a service but you cannot access it because there is no money left in their budget.

Eun
95 % of social workers do nowt now .
how can they cope with an extra 4 million elderly duisabled who may seek help and support when or if their attendance allowance and disability living allowance is removed and lets not forget GORDON BROWN also has said that those who suffer from alzheimers and dementia will also receive help within their own home so thats another million at least just look around you at all the problems we have with young children social workers cant even look after them and one more thing if a mother has a child and she is under the age of 16 she will be placed with the childs father ? in a mother and father baby unit under the supervision of social workers - on way home today noticed advert in job center we have vacancies for 3 million social workers no experience neccesary what a joke how much will all this madness cost just leave the elderly and their carers alone we can do the job at a lower cost and after all thats what it`s all about aint it .
I can see that there is a lot of anger and disilusionment with Social Workers and worries about government policies. If change is needed then what kind of job would be useful to disabled people and their carers? Would it be best for Social Worksers to act as brokers who sorted out services, or would this be better done by somebody independent of Social Services, like a private company? Or do disabled people and carers need Social Workers to act as advocates or be protectors of vulnerable people?

David
JUST DOUBLE THE CARERS ALLOWANCE AT LEAST AND LEAVE THE ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE ALONE IF THE ELDERLY WANT "CARE AT HOME " THEY CAN ASK FOR IT OR THEIR FAMILY CAN THEN THEY CAN GIVE UP THEIR CASH BENEFITS AND RECEIVE GORDON BROWNS "FREE CARE AT HOME VIA HIS NATIONAL CARE SERVICE " OH EYE AND THEY CAN KEEP THE HOUSE WHEN MANY OTHERS IN RENTED PROPERTY LOSE THEIR BENEFTS FOR THEM TO HAND CASH ONTO THEIR FAMILIES .
Are you saying that you think we don't need social workers at all?

If this were the case who would protect vulnerable adults from abuse?

Janet
The only abuse my son has received is the abuse we had to put up with from the Social work departments unjust and unfounded allegations and the only time he has ever been hurt is when they have adhered to their elf and safety regulations which put him at risk to protect their workers - one standard size does not fit all.

Eun
Social workers? OT from the SS?
I avoid them like the plague.