This study will focus specifically on persons with dementia, living in Wales, who identify as African Caribbean, (ACP). The study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of how social workers who engage with this group, understand race and ethnicity in the context of dementia care service provision for this group.
The proposed study is important, as it seeks to:
1. to draw on conceptualizations of race, ethnicity and how these influence practitioners when undertaking social work tasks with ACP with dementia.
2. to explore and understand from the perspective of the social worker how critical race theory and intersectional theory are utilized when undertaking social work tasks with ACP in the context of dementia care.
3. to understand the existing structures that support or hinder social work with ACP with dementia.
The study has the potential to:
1. build research interest and raise awareness of the impact of dementia on ACP populations in Wales.
2. To give a voice to the ACP with dementia population that has been overlooked within the context of social work research.
2. To explore the strengths and weaknesses of current dementia care services within the ACP context.
The study is vital for policy makers as it would inform the development of a dementia care pathway and policy framework for culturally appropriate dementia care and support services.
The findings of this study can be used to promote the development of a strategy to help other minority groups access suitable dementia care services.
The research hopes to stimulate interdisciplinary research in dementia within the ACP context whilst encouraging ACP with dementia to participate in research. Findings of this research would be shared with social work educators, social worker, at workshops, conferences, ACP with dementia forums and available for reviewing at open access publications.