chapter  8
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Working for connection and inclusion: the role of front-line practitioners in strengthening the relational base of marginalised clients

Although this chapter is relevant to managers and policy workers, researchers and supervisory staff, it is especially designed for front-line practitioners – for those who are outreach workers and occupational therapists, counsellors and case managers, advocates and community nurses. The premise of what follows is simple: no matter what the role or profession of origin, each person in the service system has some power to assist clients become better connected and less excluded. Although unlikely to be a core demand of the professional’s role, this aim can be advanced insofar as the practitioner understands, and then undertakes, everyday practice in ways that recognise, and seek to catalyse, the client’s links with their meaningful others.