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Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care

Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care

  • Mary Larkin - De Montfort University, UK, Open University, UK

May 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The book makes it easy to dip into a topic and also gives good overviews of theories and applications. This will definitely help students." - Lesley Groom, University of Bolton

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
  • Children
  • 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.

Introducing Vulnerable Groups
Lone Parents
People with Disabilities
Older People
The Mentally Ill
Ethnic Minority Groups
The Homeless
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Concluding Comments: the future for vulnerable groups in health and social care

clear information within the book, easy to follow.

Mrs Charlie Grieve
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
June 19, 2013

The chapters on asylum seekers and refugees, and ethnic minority groups were excellent. This text is a good general text on vulnerable social groups within society.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
June 10, 2013

A good book to give the students some insight into different vulnerable groups and the concept of being 'vulnerable'. Will be really helpful for several modules.

Mrs Karen James
Care, Coleg Sir Gar
November 14, 2012

This text offers guidance on a range of service users who can be viewed as vulnerable. It could offer further information with case law, or practice examples for social work students so that it could be more applicable to the third level of study, ie at BA level. Will use this with year one students as a supplementary text.

Ms Sarbjit Kaur Hayre
Social Work, Leeds University
September 5, 2012

An excellent resource that will be an essential refernce for students on many of our courses. Covers a wide range of topics

Mrs Karen Burton
Health , Neath Port Talbot College
June 18, 2012

Provides a comprehensive background & supporting information to enhance the principles & understanding of the complexities of vulnerable groups within the health sector, including exploring the impact upon health and community. Appropriate for use by all sectors of health professionals as the various chapters allow the reader to explore specific groups / subjects.

Ms Noreen Walsh
Primary & Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University
April 14, 2012

Good background reading book for students without a background in this area

Mrs Sharon Aldridge-Bent
Health , Buckinghamshire New University
February 23, 2012

Essential reading for students studying on Foundation Degree or Access to Higher Education

Particularly when studying inequalities.

Ms Christine Holmes
Health , Burnley College
January 20, 2012

This book gives students a basic introduction the the different clients they may work with in the social care setting. The activities were particularly useful in preparing students for work placement.

Mrs Danielle Douglas
School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology
January 20, 2012

This book is good but not exactly what we need in this course.

Dr Thomas Strandberg
School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University
December 18, 2011

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