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.


Maria Brent

Adult social care is the overarching term to describe the provision of community care services in the United Kingdom and is in the process of a fast paced transformational change which has arguably not been seen since the introduction of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The nature of these changes comes under the banner of the Personalisation agenda. Personalisation heralds a radical shift in the provision of community care services from a collective paternalistic model of social care towards a more individualised, person-centred approach to support. The overarching statement of this new agenda is to provide service users with more choice and control through the allocation of an individual budget that will enable them, with support, to purchase their own ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles