By Bryan Glastonbury (auth.)
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There is no evidence in the Social Services that this debate has affected planning, and the process of integration into a single agency, slow at first, has gained pace in the early 1980s. Whether the level of services has fallen below that which the boroughs might have wanted is more debatable. The county gets a tick, a star and a pat on the back from the Conservative government at Westminster for its adherence to expenditure limits, though it may well not receive such favourable backing from the (now) district councils of the two south-coast cities.
From MIS to SWIS Two factors gave a shove to the expansion of the Management Computing in One So cial Services Department 43 Information System (MIS) into something nearer to a social work information system (SWIS). One was a decision by the county to take the next step of departmental integration in the Social Services and abolish the divisions . This forced the issue of whether direct computer links to Southampton and Portsmouth should remain, and more importantly, of the type of links which HQ would establish with areas .
It is a practice which social workers might prefer not to see formally acknowledged . Comment As was stated in the Introduction, Hampshire's system has not been described because it is necessarily the most modern in a social services department. Some others have established more comprehensive files, or moved further into the new dimension of personal computing. Yet Hampshire does offer some lessons gained from experience, and some guidelines to good practice. The difficulties tend to have centred around the task of getting a computer system set up or expanded without causing too much confusion or creating too many inaccuracies.
Computers in Social Work by Bryan Glastonbury (auth.)