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Promoting choice and control: black and minority ethnic communities' experience of social care in Britain

Jabeer Butt

in Care, community and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348715
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0010
Promoting choice and control: black and minority ethnic communities' experience of social care in Britain

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This chapter considers some of the evidence on the experience of social care of black and minority ethnic people. It suggests that while there has been identifiable change in the support available to and taken up by these communities, this support is often patchy in its coverage, and rarely promotes choice and control for them. The chapter then considers why this situation persists, examining various aspects of both policy and practice. It concludes with a brief examination of the role of black and minority ethnic-led voluntary organisations in providing support that is particularly valued by service users. The chapter suggests that perhaps it is the adoption of a community development approach which makes these organisations more successful than others.

Keywords: black people; ethnic minorities; community care; voluntary organisations; community support; community development

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