The Hardiker Model Of Family Support In Social Care

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In order to discuss the Hardiker Model (1991) of family support within the social care field of practice, I will begin by highlighting some of the strategies, legislation and reports that have led to the development of family support. I will then move on to the Hardiker Model (1991) itself, and endeavour to explain the four different levels of need and the corresponding interventions/ services available to meet those needs. Each level will be considered in terms of social care involvement. I will follow that by discussing the cost benefits of focusing on early intervention, and the possible benefits of taking a more targeted approach to early intervention as opposed to hardiker’s universal approach. I will move on to mention some of the practice principles of family support, concluding with a discussion of the difficulties with the Hardiker model and questions that arise when considering its application in social care practice.

In discussing family support, let me draw your attention to how new the area is in terms of its developemental stage (Pinkerton et al, 2001). From the 1990s, the focus of concern was on the protection of children, whereas, more recently, the focus has shifted in the direction of a preventative approach. The National Childrens strategy: Our Children-their Future (2000) emphasised the whole child perspective, which also recognised the importance of the family in promoting child welfare, and the responsibility of the state to strengthen the positive

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