Hi Lynn – message from Alex:
Thanks for taking the time to comment on the pamphlet.
The concept of taking a strengths-based approach is fairly broad and like any philosophy is capable of being implemented poorly or well. It sounds like your previous local authority implemented it poorly, but there are also areas who have used this thinking to inform more positive approaches. I would describe Shared Lives as a strengths-based approach, because it give people opportunities to contribute to a family and community, and to receive support on a more reciprocal and less ‘gift model’ basis, and I’m sure you’d agree that Shared Lives can be a very good thing indeed!