The New Labour government in the UK is committed to a programme of reform of the welfare state that will pull away safety nets and replace them by trampolines, to bounce citizens back into active participation. Its regime of 'tough love' will make more demands on those claiming benefits and services, as well as clamping down on dependencey, fraud and crime. This will be done by changing the culture of welfare agencies, towards promoting achievement and independence, as well as meeting 'genuine need'. In Social Work and the Third Way, Bill Jordan provides an accessible and lively analysis of the tensions between 'toughness' and 'love' in the Third Way's political philosophy, and the problems of implementing New Labour

Social Work and Economic Activity

Social work and economic activity

In this final part of the book, we will develop the alternative approach sketched in the previous three chapters, and argue that it could provide a very different theoretical and organizational basis for practice. Such a shift would not necessarily involve huge changes in the kinds of face-to-face support, interaction and challenge that occur between givers and receivers of services, but it would require a reconceptualization and reorganization of these activities. Above all, it would seek to break down the growing distinction between social work (as an official practice, concerned mainly with assessment and provision of social care for vulnerable people, and the control of dangerousness in society) and a whole swathe of other activities involving counselling, ...

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