In what many believe to be a critical time for our social care system The Centre for Welfare Reform has just published an exigent and apposite discussion paper by John Burton, Liberating Institutions. In this discussion paper John describes the way in which care homes and the people who live and work in them are subjugated and constricted by a social care system run and regulated for the benefit, protection and preservation of an elite of – mostly well-meaning – politicians, bureaucrats, care organisations and in a large part for the profits of owners and shareholders.
However, the author believes that there is an alternative, more hopeful, way to look at the same picture. In every care home there is another sort of institution trying to get out: a community formed of people in mutual caring relationships in search of self-determination, empowerment and liberation.
John’s paper can be downloaded from The Centre for Welfare Reform’s website here
Over a number of years John Burton, an eminent author on social care issues, has been a generous contributor of articles to the goodenoughcaring Journal.