Social policy for social welfare professionals

Tools for understanding, analysis and engagement

Graeme Simpson and Stuart Connor

Social policy for social welfare professionals

Graeme Simpson and Stuart Connor

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847429131 Published April 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Social welfare workers are frequently motivated by a desire to 'work with people', to 'bring about change' or to 'make a difference'. This valuable book explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas faced by those who deliver welfare in a changing policy context.This book seeks to develop an analytical skills-based approach to understanding the role and importance of social policy in social welfare practice, and will encourage and enable readers to understand, analyse and engage with policy. It will be of great value to students of social work and other welfare professions, and their teachers.
Contents
Introduction: The ideas behind the book
From the care of the poor to service users: experts by experience
From caseworkers to networks: partnership and collaboration
From state-led provision to 'choice'
The mixed economy of welfare and political priorities
Social inequalities and the welfare professional
The decline of the 'union' and the rise of the 'manager'
Economic theories
Globalisation
Political choices
Engaging in policy-orientated practice
Using skills to understand the policy stereotypes
Reclaiming a radical agenda
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