Furthering social justice and human rights is a fundamental principle underlying the social work profession. Engaging in social policy formulation processes is a major route through which social workers can realise this goal. This type of social work activity has been termed ‘policy practice’.
The aim of this book is to shed light on policy practice in social work discourse, education and practice in eight liberal democracies. This is the first effort to undertake a cross-national study of social worker engagement in social policy formulation processes. The book offers insights into questions such as ‘what is the importance attributed to social worker involvement in policy change in the social work discourse and education in different countries?’ and ‘how do social workers influence social policy in various national settings?’
These issues are relevant to social worker practitioners, students, educators and researchers, as well as to social policy scholars, who are interested in the role of professionals in social policy formulation.
John Gal is professor and dean at the Paul Baewald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on social policy in a comparative perspective and on policy practice among social workers.
Idit Weiss-Gal is associate professor at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University. She has published extensively on the professional ideologies of social workers, on social work as a profession and on policy practice.
Policy practice in social work: an introduction; Social workers affecting social policy in Australia; Social workers affecting social policy in England; Social workers affecting social policy in Israel; Social workers affecting social policy in Italy; Social workers affecting social policy in Russia; Social workers affecting social policy in Spain; Social workers affecting social policy in Sweden; Social workers affecting social policy in the US; An international perspective on policy practice
"Gal and Weiss-Gal should be commended for editing the first book of its kind, one that provides social work scholars with a cross-national examination of social work policy practice." International Journal of Social Welfare
"Social workers affecting social policy is original, topical and informative ... for anyone wanting a book on social work policy practice in different countries, this will be the one." Jonathan Dickens, University of East Anglia