Social Policy for Social Work, Social Care and the Caring Professions - Scottish Perspectives
Edited by Steve Hothersall and Janine Bolger
Ashgate ISBN 9780754676362
At a time of cutbacks in services, this is a timely publication that sets out the main tenets of social policy. It is both detailed and accessible.
While it does focus on policy in Scotland and how this influences social work practice, it does not do so to the exclusion of UK-wide legislation and policy debates. As such it would be of use to all practitioners and students of social policy, particularly parts one and two.
The book contains three parts in total: part one defines social policy and the systems involved, before looking at the philosophy around the current welfare state and its future.
Part two looks in depth at some of the main social policy themes in practice. The chapters dealing with risk, support and protection and on empowerment are particularly thought-provoking.
Part three focuses on policies which directly affect social work practice in Scotland, such as those concerning older people. Of particular note is the chapter on asylum and immigration, and its focus on reinforcing the role of social work in advocating for the most vulnerable.
Each chapter is well referenced and contains activities to enhance learning. As such the book would suit both students and practitioners keen to refresh their knowledge base.
Iain McDonald is a carer support worker at Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL)
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