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Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care

Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care

  • Mary Larkin - De Montfort University, UK, Open University, UK

June 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The book makes it easy to dip into a topic and also gives good overviews of theories and applications. This will definitely help students." - Lesley Groom, University of Bolton

Carefully researched and highly readable, this textbook looks at the experiences and health and social needs of key 'vulnerable groups'. It presents an engaging social science perspective relevant to everyone exploring how we, and society, care for the vulnerable.

Each chapter defines and explores a vulnerable social group, bringing together theoretical, policy and practice perspectives. The chapters explore contemporary debates and offer a number of differing and thought provoking viewpoints. The lively and engaging style enables the reader to engage with the client group and to reflect upon their own learning and practice in a more meaningful way.

Groups covered include:

  • Disabled People
  • Children
  • Older People
  • Those Living with Mental Illness
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • The Homeless

Suggestions about further study, chapter activities and a glossary of key concepts support students' learning and develop understanding across the social sciences. The book is invaluable for all those taking courses across health and social care and for practitioners.

Introducing Vulnerable Groups
Lone Parents
People with Disabilities
Older People
The Mentally Ill
Ethnic Minority Groups
The Homeless
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Concluding Comments: the future for vulnerable groups in health and social care

Excellent resource to support public health topics - understanding the factors that affect health and the strategies being put in place to help reduce the affect of the factors on health. Excellent activities and case studies throughout. Really valuable learning resource.

Miss Ebony Clement
Health, Childcare and services, New College Bradford
October 19, 2023

Students will be recommended to purchase this text as there is a high level of information relevant to a specific unit within our course. The book is structured well with subheadings making it easy to find any required information. There is a good use of case studies to support points from varying different health and social care setting to allow students to visualize theory to practice. There are extra activities provided throughout to allow students to think deeper about topic. Each identified vulnerable group is looked at in detail with lots of valuable information provided.

Miss Stacey Marie Holt
Social Work , Blackburn College
October 12, 2016

Written with empathy and understanding. A great book for all students of health and social care related studies.

Mrs Rachael Wilson
Education , Tyne Metropolitan College
September 1, 2016

A useful book that provides some good commentary on some of the most vulnerable groups in society.

Dr Michael Richards
Applied Health and Social Care , Edge Hill University
May 8, 2016

Provides a suitable introduction with obvious detail and depth, and good examples and useful activities linked to learning outcomes accompanying each chapter. The first edition provides a very good introductory overview.

However given the considerable changes that have occurred in this area since 2009, a second edition would be relevant and timely: for example, the first edition was published prior to the Francis Report.

However this is a welcome start in an expanding area where needs are great but receive nothing like the spotlight or support afforded to child protection.

Miss Laura Guest
School Of Care Studies, West Herts College
October 13, 2015

This is an essential book for HNC Helath and Social Care students to refer to when undertaking unit 10 safeguarding in Health and Social care. it provides detailed information on why the following groups of people are vulnerable:-
1) one parents
2) people with disabilities
3) older people
4) children
5) ethnic groups
6) the mentally ill
7) the homeless
8) asylum seekers and refugees

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
December 15, 2014

This is a recommended read for health and social care students learning about working with vulnerable groups. An excellent resource to compliment their classroom learning.

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, Truro College
October 23, 2014

A good resource to introduce to student nurses on recognising vulnerability and promoting safeguarding.

Mark Wheatley
Nursing and Midwifery, University of Teesside
June 20, 2014

This book covers too many topics and therefore does not provide enough detail to be an asset to our Public Health Course.

Mrs Alison Whitehouse
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
February 19, 2014

A wide ranging and informative text.

Ms Caroline Hughes
Criminal Justice, Glyndwr University
August 5, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

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