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Peer-advocacy in a personalised landscape: the role of peer support in a context of individualised support and austerity

Peer-advocacy in a personalised landscape: the role of peer support in a context of individualised support and austerity
Peer-advocacy in a personalised landscape: the role of peer support in a context of individualised support and austerity
While personalisation offers the promise of more choice and control and wider participation in the community, the reality in the UK has been hampered by local council cuts and a decline in formal services. This has left many people with intellectual disabilities feeling dislocated from collective forms of support (Needham, 2015). What fills this gap and does peer-advocacy have a role to play? Drawing on a co-researched study undertaken with and by persons with intellectual disabilities, we examined what role peer-advocacy can play in a context of reduced day services, austerity and individualised support. The findings reveal that peer-advocacy can help people reconnect in the face of declining services, problem-solve issues and informally learn knowledge and skills needed to participate in the community. We argue that peer-advocacy thus offers a vital role in enabling people to take up many of the opportunities afforded by personalisation.
self-advocacy, welfare, social care, day services, persontalisation
1744-6295
1-19
Power, Andrew
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Hall, Ed
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Power, Andrew
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Bartlett, Ruth
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Hall, Ed
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Power, Andrew, Bartlett, Ruth and Hall, Ed (2016) Peer-advocacy in a personalised landscape: the role of peer support in a context of individualised support and austerity. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 1-19. (In Press)

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Abstract

While personalisation offers the promise of more choice and control and wider participation in the community, the reality in the UK has been hampered by local council cuts and a decline in formal services. This has left many people with intellectual disabilities feeling dislocated from collective forms of support (Needham, 2015). What fills this gap and does peer-advocacy have a role to play? Drawing on a co-researched study undertaken with and by persons with intellectual disabilities, we examined what role peer-advocacy can play in a context of reduced day services, austerity and individualised support. The findings reveal that peer-advocacy can help people reconnect in the face of declining services, problem-solve issues and informally learn knowledge and skills needed to participate in the community. We argue that peer-advocacy thus offers a vital role in enabling people to take up many of the opportunities afforded by personalisation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 January 2016
Keywords: self-advocacy, welfare, social care, day services, persontalisation
Organisations: Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW)

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Local EPrints ID: 386134
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386134
ISSN: 1744-6295
PURE UUID: b013ebec-50fd-4c84-bdfc-fbb87665cc10
ORCID for Andrew Power: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3887-1050
ORCID for Ruth Bartlett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3412-2300

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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2016 14:06
Last modified: 19 Jun 2019 00:32

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