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A Crisis in Care? offers a distinctive introduction to the state of social work in contemporary Britain.
From a high point of professional and political optimism in the late 1960s, social work has become entangled in a crisis of confidence and of direction. It has become subject to a wide range of conflicting demands, pressures and criticisms. This book examines these challenge and their impact on social work. Among the issues covered are:
· challenges from the state in the form of inquiries, reviews and new legislative initiatives, including the Children Act and community care legislation
· challenges from below by clients, potential clients and social workers themselves, about the ways in which power and control are exercised in social work
· challenges in the social and cultural diversity of needs which social work must meet, including issues of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability
These various demands for change in social work are discussed in the context of extensive source materials which illustrate the different voices contributing to these debates. The book also examines aspects of the historical development of social work and their relationship to the present crisis and assesses the prospects for the future of social work.
A Crisis in Care? provides a stimulating and authoritative analysis of the issues facing social work in the 1990s and will be essential reading for social work students and professionals, as well as all those engaged in studying, formulating and implementing social policy. Produced in large format and illustrated for effective student teaching, the volume is a course book on the Open University course Family Life and Social Policy.
Introduction - John Clarke
The Comfort of Strangers - John Clarke
Social Work in Context
Understanding People - Roger Sapsford
The Growth of an Expertise
The Rise and Fall of Social Work - Mary Langan
Challenges from the Centre - Allan Cochrane
Challenges from the Margins - George Taylor
New Directions in Social Work - Mary Langan