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Journal article

A pathway, not a barrier

Authors:
DAVIS Ann, RUMMERY Kirstein, ELLIS Kathryn
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.12.97, 1997, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Asks whether the right to an assessment really makes a difference to disabled people and their carers. Discusses the research on the effectiveness of assessments of need under the NHS and Community Care Act 1990.

Journal article

Power games

Author:
ELLIS Kathryn
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 18.3.93, 1993, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Argues that professionals must lose their dislike of assessment guidelines if disabled people are to be empowered. A reliance on professional judgment can direct assessment outcomes away from user's needs, and because clients' have little knowledge of services they feel unable to challenge decisions.

Book

Squaring the circle: user and carer participation

Author:
ELLIS Kathryn
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
46p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

Report exploring the underlying values and attitudes of professionals involved in assessment alongside views and experiences of disabled people and their carers.

Book

Access to assessment: perspectives of practitioners, disabled people and carers

Authors:
DAVIS Ann, ELLIS Kathryn, RUMMERY Kirstein
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
82p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

In order to look at how disabled people and carers access local authority assessments for community care services, the authors explore how social workers use the recently introduced forms of assessment procedures, and ask disabled people and carers what they think of the new arrangements.

Journal article

Are women becoming a burden? independence, dependency and community care

Author:
ELLIS Kathryn
Journal article citation:
Social Services Research, 2, 1995, pp.1-10.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Explores the differing and gendered meanings attached to 'independence' and 'dependency' in the newly decentralised and marketised regimes of community care, and assesses the extent to which older and disabled women are receiving the services and support they require to enable them to lead independent lives.

Journal article

Disability rights in practice: the relationship between human rights and social rights in contemporary social care

Author:
ELLIS Kathryn
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 20(7), December 2005, pp.691-704.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Using the contemporary arena of social care as an example, this article challenges the either/or dichotomy set up by some disability writers and activists between the favoured civil and human rights on the one hand and discredited social rights on the other. This article draws on the example of social care in England to argue that this is an approach that not only misreads the true nature of civil and human rights, but also limits the possibilities for using the 1998 Human Rights Act to place pressure on both local authorities and professional assessors for the resources necessary to transform civil and human rights into practical realities.  In particular, the potential for expanding disabled people’s social rights to both direct services and direct payments by enforcing the positive obligations on public authorities conferred by human rights legislation and challenging rationing regimes.

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