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Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work

This exciting and innovative series explores a range of issues, developments and debates in social work, social care and social policy from a critical and radical perspective. Each of the texts in the series begins with a lead article by a well-known social work academic or practitioner, followed by responses from academics, practitioners and service users and a final reply from the main author.

A key aim of the series is to stimulate debate within social work and this is reflected in the range of respondents to the main paper. The series provides an accessible introduction and background to policy debates which can be used by students and frontline workers to inform their practice.

Building on this series, Policy Press also publish the international journal, Critical and Radical Social Work.

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Poverty and Inequality

Edited by Chris Jones and Tony Novak

An examination of the consequences of poverty and inequality and the challenge they pose to the engaged social work academic and practitioner.

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Edited by Peter Beresford

One of Britain's foremost social work academics, Peter Beresford, challenges the personalisation agenda and its consequences on service users.

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Mental Health

Jeremy Weinstein draws on case studies and his own experience to develop a new model of practice in mental health social work.

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Adult Social Care

An historical overview of adult social care that locates the roots of the current crisis in the under-valuing of older people and adults with disabilities and in the marketisation of social care over the past two decades.

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Edited by Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks emphasises the importance of reclaiming professional ethics for social work, and outlines a preliminary framework for a situated ethics of social justice.

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Children and Families

Leading researchers from across the globe look at the negative impact neoliberalism has had on children's services.

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