Our Core Values2019-04-25T10:35:47+00:00

Crann’s Core Values – What Guides Us

The following list of values and principles defines how Crann understands the context of living with a disability and defines how Crann understands how to deliver services. These values are reflected in our code of conduct which you can find in the Crann Centre.

Social Model of Disability, the
Bio-Psychosocial Model

Just as there are many different definitions of disability over time there have evolved different models or ways of thinking about disability. The social/bio-psychosocial model of disability promotes the view point that within society and the environment there are structural barriers (social, institutional, economic or political) that prevent people with a disability from accessing services and those barriers excludes people from participating in communities and society.

How does this apply to you? 

Whilst recognising the barriers that exclude someone with a disability from participating in their community, develop insight and an understanding of how other models of care (eg the charity model or the medical model) can actually disempower an individual.

A Rights-based Approach to Accessing Services

Whilst there are many different experiences of disability there is an agreed understanding of what disability means in terms of universal human rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) recognises people with disabilities as active citizens who should claim their rights and to make informed decisions about their lives based on free and informed consent.

How does this apply to you?
The guiding principles of all public service are based on equity, being people – centred, quality and accountability. As the general principles of the Convention further identifies; there is a need for respect of difference and inherent dignity, promotion of individual autonomy, and strengthening of ways to ensure full and effective participation and inclusion in society.

Family-led Approach

This model of care focuses on the whole family and not simply emphasising the individual requiring additional support. This approach recognises that the well being of the family and the individual are mutually dependent. It recognises that the family is integrally involved in identifying ways of support and that the values, beliefs and coping styles of the family are essential in strengthening family interaction. The family is the principle resource of support and that service delivery is complementary.

How does this apply to you?
Delivery of services needs to be individualised, to consider the unique dynamics of each family, being sensitive to their equilibrium, and supporting/promoting their social networks.

Collaborative Care

This principle links the individuals and families’ needs with professional advice and guidance. There is a mutual respect for the roles each party contributes and joint identification of measuring goals and achievements.

How this applies to you?

You and your family (or primary carer) are placed at the centre of an agreed care plan. During the professional assessment and planning process, the patient and their family work with professional service providers toward achievable goals.

Inclusive Partnership

Recognising there is strength in diversity and that individuals, families, healthcare providers and researchers all play a unique and collective role in the core model

How this applies to you?

Developing partnerships and relationships in the spina bifida community can lead to a sense of belonging and problem-solving when situations and struggles arise. Through inclusiveness, challenges can be solved in a group effort rather than families feeling as if they are to deal with any issues on their own.

Evidence-based Research and Informed Practice

This principle demands that services are based on demonstrable best practice as gathered through empirical observation and scientific studies.

How this applies to you?

Crann is continuously striving to strengthen its role in the spina bifida community both in Ireland and around the world. Using scientific studies and our family-led approach, care plans are developed to have a demonstrably positive impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Empowerment and a Relational Framework

Empowerment is a widely used and often misused term and can be promoted as a panacea for all social and economic progress. Whilst there are many theoretical frameworks to define empowerment there are possibly 5 essential building blocks – having equal access to services to ensure basic welfare; having access to services and economic opportunities, understanding self-agency and asserting one’s rights and challenging discrimination, equal participation in decision making, having control to take autonomous decisions about one’s life. This is within a positive set of relationships that shape daily experiences.

How does this apply to you?

Be aware of when you are making assumptions for someone and or removing their ability to control their lives. Identify what the individual wants and not what you would like for them. Support them in achieving their goals.