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Social Work, Social Policy and Older People

Social Work, Social Policy and Older People

January 2011 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
It is essential for social work students to know about social policy, to know why studying social policy is important in the social work degree, and to understand how social policy, when implemented, has a real impact on the everyday life of vulnerable people. This book provides plenty of examples of this impact, tracing the development of welfare provision for older people right through the twentieth century, leading up to an analysis of contemporary developments, which students will need to know about in order to practice effectively.

Why Do Social Work Practitioners Need to Know About Social Policy?
Before the Welfare State: Older People in the Edwardian Era
The Creation of the Welfare State: the End of the Poor Law and a New Beginning
From State Welfare to a Mixed Economy: The Era of Community Care
The Lived Experience of Older People in Britain Today: Demographics and Diversity
Older People, Social Policy and Empowerment: More Choice, More Say?
Local and Global
Conclusion: Making Sense of Social Policy

Fantastic book as it deals effectively with three huge topics that are inextricably linked to be relevant to both practitioners and academics.

It is increasingly important for social workers to ensure they have good practice skills in working with older people. This book helps to achieve this!

Professor Alisoun Milne
Social Work (Medway), University of Kent
May 2, 2013

With an ageing demographic this will form key recommended reading as part of the social policy module-thisis an esily acessible text, that addresses key issues in social policy and the relationship between key policy decisions and socil work practice- a fast moving subject area- thanks

Mrs Andrea Bailey
Social Work, Advice Work & Soc Studies, Staffordshire University
January 18, 2013

This is an invaluable resource to all social work students.I will be using it as a recommended text on our new MA Social Work programme.One area for future development is to explore policy divergence post devolution.

Mr John Malcolm
School of Social Sciences, Bangor University
July 19, 2012

A lucid and accessible text which covers substantive issues relating to working with older people. The reading lists and critical thinking exercises are particularly useful. A more sustained discussion of sexuality and older people would have been welcomed.

Dr Megan Todd
Social Work, Robert Gordon University
June 20, 2012

Eaasy to read, up to date text, that thoroughly examines the links between current social work practices and histiorical social policies.

I particularly liked the critical thinking exercises.

Gavin Millar
Family and Community Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
April 12, 2012

An excellent overview of social policy and social work in relation to policies and services for older people.

Dr Harriet Churchill
Social Work, Sheffield University
January 31, 2012

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