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BASW/Policy Press titles

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Policy Press have teamed up to bring you the very best in accessible and practical high quality resources for a wide range of social work and social care professionals and students.

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Women and Community Action

Local and Global Perspectives

This third edition looks at how several decades of feminist social action have changed women’s place in the world today and updates some of the perennial challenges facing women globally to engage with new issues, including digital exclusion, sustainable development and environmental justice.

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Islam and Social Work

Culturally Sensitive Practice in a Diverse World

This unique textbook enables social work practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of how Islamic principles inform and influence the lives of Muslim populations.

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Social Work on Trial

The Colwell Inquiry and the State of Welfare

This book describes the local and national politics, professional concerns and public interest that surrounded the inquiry following the death of Maria Colwell in 1973.

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Community development

A critical approach

This updated and expanded second edition of a bestselling text develops critiques of the changing context and identifies challenges faced by community development.

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Rural social work

International perspectives

This book provides a wide-ranging review of existing writing and research on rural social services and explores some of the distinctive features of rural contexts and rural problems.

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Black issues in social work and social care

This book builds upon popular texts addressing anti-discriminatory frameworks but focuses specifically upon black perspectives in social work. It addresses new developments and charts the impact of social changes and new literature shaping social work theory and practice with black and minority individuals, families and communities.

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Transforming society?

Social work and sociology

This book explores the sociological basis of contemporary society and shows how social workers experience tensions and contradictions in practice.

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Sexual issues in social work

This book provides busy practitioners with a ready reference for the day-to-day problems relating to sex and sexuality that they are likely to face in key areas of engagement, such as promoting sexual health, preventing sexual violence, working with those subjected to sexual abuse, and engaging with the complexities of contemporary sexualities.

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Social work and people with dementia

Partnerships, practice and persistence

Current community care policies and increasing numbers of older people needing assistance mean that all social workers must be up-to-date in their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards people with dementia and their carers. This book, written by experienced social workers, provides guidance on best practice in a readable and jargon-free style.

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Working in group care

Social work and social care in residential and day care settings

Working in group care (ie residential and day services) is a challenging and complex task, demanding great skill, patience, knowledge and understanding. This book explains how best practice can be achieved through the focused and engaged work of individuals and teams who are well supported and managed. 

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Older people and the law

The book is a much-needed revised and updated edition of Elders and the law (PEPAR Publications, 1993). It describes the legal framework for working with older people following the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and the modernising agenda in health and social care.

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What is professional social work?

What is Professional Social Work? is a now classic analysis of social work as a discourse between three aspects of practice: social order, therapeutic and transformational perspectives. It enables social workers to analyse and value the role of social work in present-day multiprofessional social care.

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