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Asistent sociální péče jako alternativní instrument podpory setrvávání jedinců v jejich přirozeném sociálním prostředí
Social care assistants as an alternative approach to the support of individuals remaining in their natural social environment

Author(s): Miroslav Pilát
Subject(s): Social development
Published by: Výzkumný ústav práce a sociálních věcí
Keywords: social care assistant;social services;social reform of 2012;residential social services provided without authorisation

Summary/Abstract: The article addresses the engagement of social care assistants as a tool to support individuals remaining in their natural environment. The introductory part of the paper is devoted to defining both the needs of users and potential users of social services and options for identifying such needs. The main part of the paper addresses the institute of the social care assistant and the legislative anchoring thereof in the Czech legal system. The concept of introducing social care assistants is based on the fact that some needs are often overwhelmed with activities other than the provision of registered − and often for the user unnecessarily expensive − social services. The article also considers the conditions relating to the provision of social care assistant services and the social and inspection mechanisms that direct such activities, including the issue of violations and sanctions in this area. The author notes the very limited expansion of the institute of social care assistants to date, the main reason for which is that persons who depend on assistance from others tend to prefer registered social services, which they consider to be more professional and accountable.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 13-19
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Czech