Caring and Coping: A Guide to Social Services

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Overview

Caring and Coping provides a clear and accessible explanation of the history, politics, management, funding and day-to-day work of the social services in Britain.
Social Care now encompasses a wide range of increasingly specialised professions. Caring and Coping aims to improve the practitioner's (and the general public's) understanding not only of what these various professions do, but also what the legal, political, ethical and financial constraints are upon them. It succinctly addresses issues such as:
* the terms and effects of the Children Act and the Community Care Act
* the role of charities in the modern welfare state
* the role of management
* relationships with other agencies
* and the place of social work within the community.
Social services are so often portrayed in the media in a sensationalist way and this book counterbalances the hype by providing solid research and a more down-to-earth picture. It is an ideal introductory text for those training to be social workers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415160322
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on authors
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 From charity to social work: a history 6
2 On the statute book: the law and social services 21
3 The nuts and bolts of care: politics and organisation 37
4 For the child's sake: services for children 57
5 Does the community care?: social services today 94
6 Whose service is it, anyway?: involving service users 138
7 Home from home?: residential care 150
8 Something special: specialist services 160
9 More than a piece of paper: social work training 172
10 The manager's tale: management of social services 180
11 Acts of charity: the role of the voluntary sector 195
12 All in it together: working with different agencies 208
13 Across the borders: Scotland and Northern Ireland 218
14 Conclusion: into the future 231
Notes 236
Bibliography 242
Index 247
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