Supporting People

Learning Outcomes

  • identify what support means;
  • describe three sources of support personal, community and institutional;
  • identify the factors which influence the sources of support people choose
  • explain why some forms of support are stigmatised while others are not;
  • explain the social, psychological and practical implications of receiving institutional support;
  • understand the potential powerlessness of people receiving institutional support from social work;
  • describe how to provide social work support in partnership with service users so as to balance the power in the social work relationship;
  • describe three social work methods which can support people without disempowering them;