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New social work publication on self neglect

  • Date29 April 2019

Royal Holloway social work academics Karl Mason and Tony Evans have published findings on the complex and dynamic ways in which social workers engage in inter-disciplinary cooperation in situations of self-neglect. This study, which has been published in the British Journal of Social Work, shows how social workers shifted between four ways of describing their inter-professional work and roles in this complex area of practice: working as leaders, working in parallel, working in conflict and working by proxy. These approaches and roles were selectively adopted depending on a variety of situational factors. This dynamic approach to inter-disciplinary cooperation has implications for integrated working policies in adult social care, given the Care Act, 2014 and its 'duty to cooperate' for key agencies in the sector: social care, housing and health. The published research article can be found here:


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