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.

Social Work Education and Training as a Policy Issue

Social Work Education and Training as a Policy Issue
Alix Walton

Within the UK, social work forms part of the state welfare apparatus and is therefore affected by changing political and economic climates and welfare ideologies. Social work education and training in turn is inextricably linked to such shifting contexts and policy. This chapter focuses on key developments and debates in social work education and training in the UK. Three phases of development are considered before exploring the current context through the lens of ongoing debates, tensions and binaries affecting social work education to date. The chapter focuses on social work rather than the wider social care workforce. In addition, although some developments and debates refer to ...

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