Australian Social Policy and the Human Services contends that human service practitioners benefit from understanding the relationship between social policy, the human services and their own practices. In this comprehensive introduction to the subject, readers are encouraged to develop their policy literacy, or critical understanding of the development, implementation and evaluation of social policies. Part I explores the debates and organising principles of social policy and the human services. Part II focuses on the development and delivery of social policy, including its history, and a discussion of the Third Sector in Australia. Part III covers specific areas of social policy: income maintenance, employment, housing, health care, family and child care, and indigenous social policy. Emerging issues, such as globalisation and sustainability, are examined in Part IV. Each chapter features discussion points, exercises, case studies, further reading lists and links with the Australian Association of Social Workers Practice Standards (2013).
Ed Carson is Professor of Social Policy at the University of South Australia. He was previously Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of South Australia. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) in 2010 in recognition of his services to SACOSS social policy activities and in 2011 he was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Association (ANZTSR). Lorraine Kerr is Lecturer in Social Work and Social Planning in the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University. She also has experience as a social planner and in local government.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Debates and Principles: 1. Fundamental debates in social policy; 2. Personal and professional values in human services practice; Part II. Australian Social Policy: 3. The history of Australian social policy; 4. The policymaking process; Part III. The Human Services: 5. Human services models; 6. Third sector organisations; Part IV. Australian Policy in Practice: 7. Income Support; 8. Employment; 9. Housing; 10. Health care; 11. The family and child welfare; 12. Indigenous Australians; Conclusion; Glossary; References; Index.
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