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.

Domestic Violence: UK and Australian Developments

Domestic Violence: UK and Australian Developments
Donna Chung


It is easy to take for granted current domestic violence policies and services. However, these responses have only evolved in the past 40 years, as a direct result of second-wave feminists making domestic violence a political concern over the preceding decades. In this chapter, the policy and practice developments of the UK and Australia are compared. These two democracies have differing systems of government, however domestic violence policies and practice are remarkably similar. The reasons for the similarities and the major policy and practice responses are examined. Some contemporary issues confronting efforts to end domestic violence are presented and ideas outlined about how policy approaches to domestic violence require reorienting.

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