Social work and poverty: A critical approach provides a timely review of the key issues facing social workers and service users in working together to combat poverty.First, it situates social work and poverty within a historical context, then analyses definitions and theories of poverty along with their importance in enabling anti-oppressive practice with service users. It goes on to evaluate the Welfare Reform Act 2012 in relation to the negative impact on service users and social workers alike. Key areas of social work and social care are covered with regard to the effects of poverty including, uniquely, access to food, obesity and problematic drug use. Finally the impacts of globalisation on social work and issues of poverty are explored.
The book will be of interest to students, researchers and academics in social work and policy makers working in related areas.
Lester Parrott is a lecturer in social work at Keele University. He has published widely in relation to social work and social policy and contributes regularly to social work journals with reference to ethical issues and anti-oppressive practice.
Poverty and Social Work: The Historical Context; Social Work and the Concept of Poverty; The Reform of Welfare?; Service Users and the Experience of Poverty; Social Work and Poverty: Ethics and Practice; Social Work Organisations: Responding to Poverty; Poverty: Social Division and Service Users; Globalisation, Social Work and Poverty; Conclusion.