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 Welfare Policy in Racialised Contexts

Social Welfare Policy in Racialised Contexts
Frank Keating

This chapter explores the relationship between ‘race’, ethnicity and policy to provide an analysis of social welfare and racialisation. According to Barot and Bird (2001: 601) racialisation ‘is a process that ascribes physical and cultural differences to individuals and groups’. A Critical Race Theory (CRT) perspective is utilised to examine and understand the complexities of welfare policy in a racialised society such as the UK. CRT argues that racism is a real and lived experience for racialised groups such as Black and minority ethnic groups (BME); it is endemic and demands political action across all sectors (Delgado and Stefancic 2001). Taking a historical perspective, the chapter provides an overview and critique of ...

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