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Time for change: the language of social care reform

“Change is needed, and it is needed now, to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society.” Care England[1] In his final speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson listed “reforming social care” among his achievements[2], a claim quickly and widely disputed and derided. ‘Social care reform’ means different things to different people, and “the … Continue reading Time for change: the language of social care reform

Beyond blame

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the language of social care is filled with words that blame people seeking and drawing on support. ‘Hard to reach’. ‘Refuses to engage’. ‘Frequent flyers’. ‘Carer breakdown’. ‘Bed blockers’. ‘Challenging behaviour’. ‘Non-compliant’. ‘Complex’. ‘Difficult’. ‘Vulnerable’. And many more. These terms don’t just feature in our conversations and … Continue reading Beyond blame