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.

Children Like Ours? Policy and Practice Responses to Children Looked After

Children Like Ours? Policy and Practice Responses to Children Looked After
Anna Gupta


How a society responds to its most vulnerable children is central to the debate about the relationship between children, families and the state. When and how the state should intervene in private family life are dilemmas that continue to challenge policy-makers and practitioners. The previous chapter examines policy in relation to safeguarding and family support. The focus of this chapter is on children who are unable to live with their birth parents and become looked after by the state. The terms ‘children in care’ and ‘children looked after’ are used interchangeably to refer to children living away from their birth parents in ...

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