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.

Social Exclusion

Social exclusion


The term social exclusion originated in France in the 1970s and was used to describe those members of society not covered by the social security system. French social theorists recognised that the experience of multiple deprivations often resulted in poor social integration, with people feeling excluded and unable to participate in society (Barry and Hallet, 1998).

The term has been utilised by other European countries, with the UK Labour Party using the concept to underpin their social policies during the mid-1990s. At the time of New Labour's election in 1997, they created the Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) whose primary task was to develop policies to eradicate social exclusion and limit its effect in society (Taket et al., 2009).

Walker and Walker defined social exclusion ...

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