What lies behind England’s crisis in adult social care, why has real change been so hard and what can be done?
Ensuring effective, sustainable and affordable care and support for people of all ages is an urgent public policy challenge. This vital book outlines a different vision of social care as an essential part of the country’s economic and social infrastructure that enables people to live good lives.
Drawing on the history of social care, international comparisons and lived experience, it sets out a different road to reform that will secure political traction and public support for change.
Richard Humphries has worked in social care for forty-five years in various roles including as a social worker, Director of Social Services and for eleven years as Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund. He is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Health Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester.
2. A Brief History: How We Got Here
3. Understanding Social Care
4. Learning from the Past
5. Learning from Abroad
6. Who Cares?
7. A 1948 Moment? - The Politics and Process of Reform
8. A New Future for Social Care