It is essential for social work students to know about social policy, to know why studying social policy is important in the social work degree, and to understand how social policy, when implemented, has a real impact on the everyday life of vulnerable people. This book provides plenty of examples of this impact, tracing the development of welfare provision for older people right through the twentieth century, leading up to an analysis of contemporary developments, which students will need to know about in order to practice effectively.
Before moving into social work education, Robert Johns worked for a number of years in a range of social work roles, predominantly in the public sector. His specialisms were youth justice and court-work, representing the interests of children involved in care proceedings. Academically, his major abiding interest has been social work law but he has also taught social policy and social work values and ethics, hence his latest book, Ethics and Law for Social Workers. Currently, he teaches at the University of East London, where has been Head of Social Work and programme leader for the qualifying MA offered in conjunction with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is the author of Using the Law in Social Work, now in its sixth edition, Social Work, Social Policy and Older People and, most recently, Capacity and Autonomy.
Why Do Social Work Practitioners Need to Know About Social Policy? Before the Welfare State: Older People in the Edwardian Era The Creation of the Welfare State: the End of the Poor Law and a New Beginning From State Welfare to a Mixed Economy: The Era of Community Care The Lived Experience of Older People in Britain Today: Demographics and Diversity Older People, Social Policy and Empowerment: More Choice, More Say? Local and Global Conclusion: Making Sense of Social Policy