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Social Policy and Social Work

Social Policy and Social Work
An Introduction

Second Edition

July 2017 | 336 pages | Learning Matters
An understanding of social policy is crucial for social workers as it underpins and shapes the legislative framework that they work within. From safeguarding service users and enabling them to improve their lives, to protecting the most vulnerable in society, social policy also has a vital role to play within social work education. It is important therefore for students to engage critically with social policy. Social Policy and Social Work introduces policy and shows how it has changed and evolved over time, how it reflects changes in society, and how it is applied to everyday practice.

Part I: The historical and theoretical context
Chapter 1: Social policy and social work
Chapter 2: The development of social policy and social work in the nineteenth century
Chapter 3: Ideology, social policy and social work
Chapter 4: Social democracy and the development of social policy and social work after 1945
Chapter 5: Neo-liberalism and the development of social policy and social work after 1979
Part II: Social policy, social work and service users
Chapter 6: Marxism, Social Policy and Social Work
Chapter 7: Children, social policy and social work
Chapter 8: Youth, social policy, social work and the 'crisis of youth’
Chapter 9: Adults, social policy and social work: The personalisation agenda
Chapter 10: Ageing, social policy and social work

This text directed to social workers, introduces the essential legislation, and the necessary guidelines to understand how some laws are interpreted, for and by social work practice. That is illustrated through practical examples that explore in a realistic and specialized way the areas of law that affect this practice.

Courtney Lawson
CBQ reviews

Excellent book for core legal frameworks and policy modules. Layout of book is appealing and informative without being over complicated. Sections are clear and example of policy in practice are explained well. The size of the book is useful to carry along in a laptop bag/trolley for a quick reference whilst on the go too!

Miss Sunnie Sian
Teacher Education & Prof Development, CWA Assessor
May 30, 2022

Our students study a number of aspects related to social policy, but more importantly, social policy underpins the practice of social workers. This is an accessible resource for learners and whilst we have not made it mandatory, it will be highly recommended as their first foray into the world of academic reading.

Mrs Jacquie Hodges
Education, Walsall College
May 10, 2022

This book is a pleasure to read in an ever-changing political climate. Its foundations means I can use it in a number of modules to provide an explanation for why poverty is so prevalent

Ms Vita Snowden
Kedleston Road Campus, Derby University
February 15, 2020

Found it very useful to 'read around' the course it has been used as support materials for the lecturer.

Mr Ian Yates
City of Bristol College, City of Bristol College
July 5, 2018

Great book,mstudent found it informative and engaging, linked to course content.

Education, City of Sunderland College
October 29, 2017

Knowledge is current and relevant to inform and prepare students for practice placements.

Mrs Barbara Neale
School of Health & Social Care, Gloucestershire University
November 9, 2017

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