Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care
- Mary Larkin - De Montfort University, UK, Open University, UK
Carefully researched and highly readable, this textbook looks at the experiences and health and social needs of key 'vulnerable groups'. It presents an engaging social science perspective relevant to everyone exploring how we, and society, care for the vulnerable.
Each chapter defines and explores a vulnerable social group, bringing together theoretical, policy and practice perspectives. The chapters explore contemporary debates and offer a number of differing and thought provoking viewpoints. The lively and engaging style enables the reader to engage with the client group and to reflect upon their own learning and practice in a more meaningful way.
Groups covered include:
- Disabled People
- Older People
- Those Living with Mental Illness
- Ethnic Minorities
- The Homeless
Suggestions about further study, chapter activities and a glossary of key concepts support students' learning and develop understanding across the social sciences. The book is invaluable for all those taking courses across health and social care and for practitioners.
Students will be recommended to purchase this text as there is a high level of information relevant to a specific unit within our course. The book is structured well with subheadings making it easy to find any required information. There is a good use of case studies to support points from varying different health and social care setting to allow students to visualize theory to practice. There are extra activities provided throughout to allow students to think deeper about topic. Each identified vulnerable group is looked at in detail with lots of valuable information provided.
Written with empathy and understanding. A great book for all students of health and social care related studies.
A useful book that provides some good commentary on some of the most vulnerable groups in society.
Provides a suitable introduction with obvious detail and depth, and good examples and useful activities linked to learning outcomes accompanying each chapter. The first edition provides a very good introductory overview.
However given the considerable changes that have occurred in this area since 2009, a second edition would be relevant and timely: for example, the first edition was published prior to the Francis Report.
However this is a welcome start in an expanding area where needs are great but receive nothing like the spotlight or support afforded to child protection.
This is an essential book for HNC Helath and Social Care students to refer to when undertaking unit 10 safeguarding in Health and Social care. it provides detailed information on why the following groups of people are vulnerable:-
1) one parents
2) people with disabilities
3) older people
5) ethnic groups
6) the mentally ill
7) the homeless
8) asylum seekers and refugees
This is a recommended read for health and social care students learning about working with vulnerable groups. An excellent resource to compliment their classroom learning.
A good resource to introduce to student nurses on recognising vulnerability and promoting safeguarding.
This book covers too many topics and therefore does not provide enough detail to be an asset to our Public Health Course.
A wide ranging and informative text.
clear information within the book, easy to follow.