Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care

Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care

by Robert Johns


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Thinking Through Social Work is a new series of texts designed and written specifically for those social work students entering the second or final-phase of their degree course. Structured around sets of specific skills each chapter uses critical thinking and reflective exercises to develop greater subject knowledge and critical awareness. Each book contains Links to the Subject Benchmarks or National Occupational Standards for Social Work, providing students with a clear transition from study to practice.

It is essential that social work students understand the complex interactions between social work and social policy, and how social and governmental policy has a lasting impact on service users and carers. This book focuses on this interface between social work and social policy in the context of older people. Adopting an historical perspective, the book traces the development of welfare provision for older people up to the present day, but then leads up to an analysis of contemporary developments which students Will need to know about in order to practise effectively.

At the same time, the book introduces key social policy concepts and demystifies some of the ideas that underpin social policy by making clear Links to social work practice. There are chapters on state welfare and the notion of a 'mixed economy', the lived experience of older people in today's society, demographics and diversity as well as references to the international dimension.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844453498
Publisher: Learning Matters
Publication date: 07/07/2010
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Before moving into social work education, Robert Johns worked for a number of years in a range of social work roles, predominantly in the public sector. His specialisms were youth justice and court-work, representing the interests of children involved in care proceedings. Academically, his major abiding interest has been social work law but he has also taught social policy and social work values and ethics, hence his latest book, Ethics and Law for Social Workers. Currently, he teaches at the University of East London, where has been Head of Social Work and programme leader for the qualifying MA offered in conjunction with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is the author of Using the Law in Social Work, now in its sixth edition, Social Work, Social Policy and Older People and, most recently, Capacity and Autonomy.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Why do social work practitioners need to know about social policy? Robert Johns 1

Chapter 2 Before the welfare state: Older people in the Edwardian era Robert Johns 18

Chapter 3 The creation of the welfare state: The end of the Poor Law and a new beginning Robert Johns 34

Chapter 4 From state welfare to a mixed economy: The era of community care Robert Johns 54

Chapter 5 The lived experience of older people in Britain today: Demographics and diversity Dawn Ludick Robert Johns 79

Chapter 6 Older people, social policy and empowerment: More choice, more say? Nicolette Wade Robert Johns 108

Chapter 7 Local and global Robert Johns 136

Conclusion: Making sense of social policy 157

Answers to selected Critical thinking exercises 161

Appendix: Critical thinking exercises and Key ideas 165

Glossary 169

References 177

Index 183

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