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Social policy for social welfare professionals
Tools for understanding, analysis and engagement

Graeme Simpson, Stuart Connor
Paperback, 224 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
27 Apr 2011


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"This text should be recommended as 'core reading' on any reading list where policy studies are in the curriculum..."
British Journal of Social Work
"A systematic, thoughtful, accessible and passionate call for social workers to move far beyond mere service delivery and to engage in social change ... An important contribution to the discussion of social policy."
European Journal of Social Work
"The approaches of the Coalition government are likely to highlight the centrality of welfare professionals in social policy. This timely book will be valuable for those seeking to understand and enhance this role."
Hugh Bochel, Dept of Policy Studies, University of Lincoln

About This Book

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.

Author Biography

Graeme Simpson is a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Wolverhampton. Stuart Connor is a lecturer in social policy at the University of Birmingham.


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
Political choices
Engaging in policy-orientated practice
Using skills to understand the policy stereotypes
Reclaiming a radical agenda.


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