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.

Local Policy in a Global Context: Regimes of Risk in Mental Health Policy and Practice – The Case of Community Treatment Orders

Local Policy in a Global Context: Regimes of Risk in Mental Health Policy and Practice – The Case of Community Treatment Orders
Hannah Jobling

Introduction

It has long been argued that the rise of risk and an associated emphasis on methods of control have been the key trends in UK mental health policy and practice over the past two decades (Campbell et al. 2006; Kemshall 2002). Most recently in England,1 the Mental Health Act 2007 became a focal point for debate about the place of coercion in mental health practice, with critics concluding that the Act was a lost opportunity for a more enlightened approach ...

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