This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Older People

Older people


The notion of an ageing population is old news. It is, of course, good news – and increasing longevity is a cause for celebration. This ‘old news’, however, represents the single and most significant impact on adult social care and indeed society as a whole for the foreseeable future. In England today there are 8.5 million people over the age of 65, some 17.5 per cent of the population. By 2034, there will be 16.4 million people over 65, an increase of 93 per cent, with older people representing 23 per cent of the population (Office for National Statistics [ONS], 2008). The over 65s will increase by 650,000 each year for the foreseeable future. It is this definition, 65 years and over, ...

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