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.

Prevention and Protection: The Development of Safeguarding in Children’s Services

Prevention and Protection: The Development of Safeguarding in Children’s Services
Rick Hood


Safeguarding can be understood as policies and practices that seek to promote the overall welfare of children as well as protecting them from harm (Davies and Ward 2012; Parton 2006a). Safeguarding is particularly associated with Every Child Matters, an influential policy document that set out proposals to reform children’s services following the Laming Report into the death of Victoria Climbié (Laming 2003). However, the shift to safeguarding can be seen as part of a broader trend in child welfare policy, both in the UK and other countries. Starting with an examination of the relationship between prevention and protection, this chapter explores the underlying principles ...

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