You are here

Social Policy and Social Work: An Introduction
Share

Social Policy and Social Work: An Introduction



January 2012 | 224 pages | Learning Matters
An understanding of social policy is crucial for social workers as it underpins and shapes the legislative framework that they work within. From safeguarding service users and enabling them to improve their lives, to protecting the most vulnerable in society, social policy also has a vital role to play within social work education. It is important therefore for students to engage critically with social policy. This book introduces policy and shows how it has changed and evolved over time, how it reflects changes in society, and how it is applied to everyday practice.
 
What is Social Policy and why is it relevant to Social Work?
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL CONTEXT
 
Social Policy and Social Work
 
The Development of Social Policy and Social Work in the Nineteenth Century
 
Ideology, Social Policy and Social Work
 
Social Democracy and the Development of Social Policy and Social Work after 1945
 
Neo-liberalism and the Development of Social Policy and Social Work after 1979
 
Marxism, Social Policy and Social Work
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL POLICY, SOCIAL WORK AND SERVICE USERS
 
Children, Social Policy and Social Work
 
Youth, Social Policy, Social Work and the 'Crisis of Youth'
 
Adults, Social Policy and Social Work: The personalisation agenda
 
Ageing, Social Policy and Social Work
 
Conclusion

Useful text, well organised and up to date issues discussed in a UK context.

Mr Gurpinder Lalli
Education , Wolverhampton University
July 7, 2015

Interested in the views on preventative measures and how to work in line with social policy and legslative requirements

Mrs angela lorraine mawer
Scartho Learning Centre, Community Learning Services
July 2, 2015

Excellent introductory book for social work students studying social poicy

Mrs Tracey McVeigh
School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
May 19, 2015

Excellent introductory text to the key ideological perspectives and their relationship with the field of social work.

Mr Michael Tobin
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
February 12, 2015

This is an excellent book at an introductory level that will benefit students in understanding the link between social policy and social work. Students will enjoy reading it as it is relevant and clearly linked to contemporary issues and practice.

Miss Jessica Wagner
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
September 26, 2014

Really useful book and I will be recommending this to my students

Mrs Jane Peacock
Faculty of Education, Winchester Univ.
September 19, 2014

This book is essential for all students undertaking a Social Policy or Social Work course. It gives the student the underlying knowledge and understanding. It is written in such a way that it is easy to follow.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Access to H.E., Leeds City College
February 20, 2014

A very useful book that gives students an excellent introduction to this area of study.

Ms Pam Snowball
Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
August 13, 2013

I found the chapter on 'Youth, social policy, social work and the crisis of youth' very interesting and useful for the students to develop critical thinking.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
August 2, 2013

This is a good text that offers a broad introduction to social work and social policy and their relationship.

Professor Alisoun Milne
Social Work (Medway), University of Kent
May 2, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


Preview this book

Jo Cunningham

Jo Cunningham is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire and programme leader of the BA Social Work. Jo has taught sociology and social work practice for a number of years. Before commencing her lecturing career, Jo was a social worker in the area of children and families. Research interests include childhood accidents and child death, and more recently the practice implications of asylum policy for professionals, children and their families. More About Author

Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Central Lancashire. He has taught sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests are focused on the sociology of childhood, children’s rights, and, more recently, the impact of asylum policies on the welfare of refugee children, and he is the author of numerous publications in these areas. More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781844453016
£24.99 
ISBN: 9780857258250
£80.00