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.

Welfare Rights

Welfare rights


Welfare rights practice includes advice and advocacy to maximise people's lawful entitlement to social security benefits. It may also include advice and advocacy on debts, housing and rights to community care services, but it usually refers to social security issues. The expression ‘welfare rights’ originated in the United States in the 1970s, where ‘welfare’ colloquially refers to the means-tested benefits systems administered by each state. The (American) National Welfare Rights Organisation was closely linked to the civil rights movement because of the levels of poverty among African Americans and the discriminatory and capricious application of welfare rules by public officials (Curtis and Sanderson, 2004).

Key Points

  • Welfare rights practice takes a variety of forms. It includes: advice about benefit entitlement; practical help with applications ...
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