Social Work and Social Policy: An Introduction - Student Social Work (Paperback)Jonathan Dickens (author)
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An understanding of social policy is vital for engaging practically with social work values, dealing with political and ethical questions about responsibility, rights, our understanding of `the good society'. This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to social policy, tailored to the needs of a social work audience.
Jonathan Dickens analyses current policies and policy themes relevant to social work, and locates them in the context of fundamental social policy principles and debates. He discusses the nature of social policy and its relationship to social work, and covers essential themes such as:service user participation and involvement the balance between individual, societal and state responsibility for people's wellbeingthe proper roles of the state, the private sector, voluntary organisations and the family the relationships between needs, rights and choicesthe purposes and challenges of professional social workthe meanings of `inclusion' and `personalisation'.
Each chapter ends with activities for reflection and analysis, and suggestions for further reading. Social Work and Social Policy is invaluable for students undertaking social work qualifying courses, all of whom are required to demonstrate an understanding of the social policy contexts of practice.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 15 mm
`At last a social policy text of direct relevance to social work. This accessible, readable book addresses the challenge of analysing social work within a wider context. Refreshingly jargon free yet grounded in social work values, it usefully explores a range of topical issues of real importance to social work practitioners.' - Robert Johns, University of East London, UK
`This book provides a lively and refreshing re-examination of the relationship between social policy and social work. Students will find here helpful models clarifying different approaches to the policy practice interface. Key policy agendas are addressed, such as human rights, poverty, participation and inter-agency working, and their impact on social work. Equally important students and practitioners are encouraged to engage with policy-making and ideas.' - Malcolm Hill, University of Strathclyde, UK
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