Insightful and engaging, Welfare Words provides a critical analysis of social work and social policy in its articulation and discussion of a number of significant words and phrases. Written by an authoritative voice in the field, Paul Michael Garrett makes sense of complex theories which codify everyday experience, giving students and practitioners vital tools to better understand and change their social worlds. Lucid and accessible in style, Garrett offers an innovative approach to the study of Social Welfare, encouraging readers to think critically about the key issues in social work and social policy, including welfare dependency, social inclusion and exclusion, underclasses, anti-social behaviour, and more.



Adoption – The action or practice of legally or informally taking a person into any relationship; esp. the taking of a minor who is not one’s offspring into the legal relationship of child. (Oxford English Dictionary)


In spring 2012, an article in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper focused on a problem which was, readers were advised, acting as an obstacle preventing children being adopted (Gallagher, 2102)1. Children were denied a ‘loving home and the prospect of a good start in life’ and left to ‘languish in the care system’ because of the names they have been given by their families (Gallagher, 2012, emphases added). The ...

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