Culturally Competent Practice: A Framework for Understanding by Doman Lum

By Doman Lum

CULTURALLY useful perform: A FRAMEWORK FOR figuring out diversified teams & JUSTICE matters can assist you develop into a extra knowledgeable aiding expert via its powerful culture of proposing a version for realizing, measuring, and comparing cultural competence. writer Doman Lum explains how consumers and employees can turn into culturally useful and trained via operating via culturally dependent difficulties jointly. this article emphasizes cultural competence as a dialogical approach and demanding situations scholars and professors to proceed the dialog to accomplish larger mutual knowing and social justice.

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Rights - for instance in relation to care practices such as handling one's own affairs, confidentiality, respect, consultation. • Independence - including a willingness to accept a degree of calculated risk, such as being able to make meals for oneself and others. • Privacy - recognising the need to be alone, to 'own' a bedroom, to have an opportunity to discuss problems in private. Care Management 39 • Dignit y - which recognises one 's intrinsic value and uniqueness; for example mode of add ress, access to bathing, sensitivity of admission procedures (see Neill, 1989).

An approach to good practice is portrayed by Neville and Beak (1990). They found that asking people to countersign their records gave a boost to the working relationship and enshrined a commitment to consulting the users of our services, that is 'doing with' rather than 'doing to' . Although at one time seen as a troublesome chore which reduced the time available for contact with users, record-keeping is recognised as a core skill and an important part of case monitoring and review. This is particularly important in community care within a mixed economy of provision where services may be provided by a variety of sources.

Factors which might determine priority include : • • • • • attitude and aspirations of the person, capacity of the individual, capacity of the individual carer, capacity of other services, and suitability of the living environment Assessment process Traditionally, social work assessments, after certifying eligibility for services (case finding and screening), tended to follow what might be termed 'resource-led' pathways rather than a broader 'needs-led' approach. , 1990). In other words , if we develop frameworks which separate out ends and means (what needs and goals could be met and whether or not there are resources to achieve these), this larger picture will reveal service gaps , adding possibilities for filling these imaginatively.

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