Social policy is central to social work practice. This textbook is designed to help students, practitioners and academics think critically about the relationship between policy and practice; particularly in how policy both structures and informs practice. Reflective questions help critical thinking and links to websites of substantive information across the UK and internationally help keep you up-to-date with policy developments. The authors’ experience and skills in working with different service user groups combine to provide a constructive and critical approach to working with social policy in an era of welfare retrenchment. Key topics include: discretion and practice; social work training and education; safeguarding children; responses to the needs of looked after children; personalization in adult care; ‘race’ and welfare policy; domestic violence; mental health and capacity; and comparing social work and social care internationally.

The Interface between Social Policy and Social Work

Concluding Thoughts: The Interface between Social Policy and Social Work
Frank Keating

This book aimed to explore the relationship between social policy and social work, and proposed that social policy and social work are interconnected and as such it is argued that this relationship should be construed as dualistic. Policy is central to defining and shaping the nature of social work at both professional and practice levels. Likewise, social work practice can inform social policy development, but it has to be acknowledged that there is more limited scope for this to happen in the UK context. Social policy sets the priorities for action in the prevailing ideological context, whereas social work can be construed as ‘policy in action’ ...

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