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Barriers to accessing services and the problem of discrimination.

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In this section I will be focusing in on how service user's access services and the various barriers they will be faced with. And how these barriers have an effect on them but also how these barriers can be overcome. A care organisation and care practitioners provide access to their services through referrals. Referrals are in three different ways; A Self-Referral - This is when the service user wants to apply or directly applies for access to a care service. This can be done in various ways, either if the service user turns up in person to the service or makes a phone call, writes a letter, or can fill in a self-referral form. For example a service user can make a phone call to their GP for an appointment or turn up to the health centre in person. A Third-Party Referral - This may occur when a person applies for a care service for another person. For example, a parent might take their child to the hospital or GP because they are concerned about the child's sickness. A Professional Referral - It is similar to a third-party referral, but there is a difference, which is the person referring on someone else's behalf is a health or social care professional. For example, if a social worker thinks that a child should be taking into care or foster care, then they would be making a referral for this. ...read more.


Geographical Barriers This type of barrier means that some services might be miles away from where a service user lives and they are unable to access the service as they may not have the money to travel or be able to travel far because of their disability. This may be hard for people particularly living in rural areas. Most of the specialist services that service users may need are situated in only a limited number of regional centres and are unable to get there. This may lead to the service user feeling excluded and marginalised as they are unable to access the service because of where they live. Also for example, if a young adult that has a disability and is looking to go to university are unable to go to the university they want to because they don't have the travel costs or the university does not have the right facilities needed for the service user. The Cedar Foundation tries their best to overcome this type of barrier as they would try and go out of their way to get the service users to the services that they need. They would provide travel arrangements for them. They would provide activities and services that they are able to access by providing a bus to collect the service users and return them home. Physical Barriers A physical barrier can be when a service user has an impairment that could also affect their mobility, and therefore they are unable to get about easily. ...read more.


Only if they fit under the following: The government says you don't have to pay if: * You suffer from Creuzfeldt Jacob Disease * You are subject to Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 * You are under the age of 18 years * Your services are provided as an integral part of a time limited package of intermediate care * Your services are defined as continuing health care * You use NHS funded sessional services In addition, Walsall Council says you don't have to pay if: * You get help from the Independent Living Fund. * You are a carer receiving services under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000. Source: http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/index/social_care_and_health/charging/fairercharging.htm Date accessed 26/02/12 Some services may feel disempowered as they may feel that they are unable to pay for the services they need, which could lead to unfair discrimination, as the services need help with funding to provide services for disabled people. Today we can prevent discrimination by not "pre-judging" someone by the way they look or because of their disability, or the different race they belong to, or religion, after all everyone is individuals with different needs, and should be treated equally and fairly. People could raise awareness of disability discrimination by having talks or making posters to stop discrimination against disabled people, or try and convince workplaces or buildings to gain access by making ramps, getting lifts put in, or putting braille up. ?? ?? ?? ?? Unit 3 A02 - Positive Care Environment ...read more.

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