Policy Press

Policy and practice

Policy Press publishes policy review and polemic books that aim to challenge policy for, or thinking about, a certain field of policy or practice as well as books aimed at a practice audience. These books are written in an accessible style whilst being academically sound and appropriately referenced.

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Taking Power Back

Putting People in Charge of Politics

This important book asks where should power and governance lie in our democracy? Simon Parker, a leading expert on public services and government, claims the answer is to give power away. He offers policy recommendations and practical ideas for creating a new kind of politics focused on unleashing society's creative potential.

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The Future of Children’s Care

Critical Perspectives on Children’s Services Reform

Bringing together a range of perspectives from practice, lived experience and academia, this is an accessible and timely guide to children’s services reform. Critically considering the impact of the MacAlister Review, the book highlights both the positive and negative aspects of reform, before setting out alternative policy and practice directions.

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What Matters and Who Matters to Young People Leaving Care

A New Approach to Planning

EPDF and EPUB are available open access under CC BY NC ND licence. This publication was supported by University of Essex's open access fund.

Peter Appleton builds on research interviews with care-experienced young adults, and on cross-disciplinary theories of planning and of emotions, to develop a model of planning for young people leaving care.

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The Practitioner Guide to Participatory Research with Groups and Communities

Avoiding both over-simplification and jargon-riddled complexity, this book is an invaluable, straightforward guide to participatory research for you and your fellow practitioners working with community groups and organisations.

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How Do You Know If You Are Making a Difference?

A Practical Handbook for Public Service Organisations

This book sets out practical and theoretically robust approaches for understanding and tracking change that any organisation can use to evaluate their contribution to social change and become more efficient and effective.

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Social Media and Social Work

Implications and Opportunities for Practice

Using real-life examples, this book enables practitioners and students to consider the ethics and assess the impact of social media on their professional conduct, and their ability to maintain public confidence.

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Great Mistakes in Education Policy

And How to Avoid Them in the Future

Situating the cases of England and Australia within broader global policy trends, this book critically analyses what has gone wrong with education policy. Drawing on wide-ranging research, the authors issue a fundamental challenge to current policy orthodoxies, and identify policy alternatives to make education both better and fairer.

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Policy for Play

Responding to Children's Forgotten Right

Using the UK government’s play strategy for England (2008-10) as a case study, this is the first book to look in detail at children’s play within public policy. It is an essential tool for practitioners and campaigners around the world.

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Understanding Restorative Justice

How Empathy Can Close the Gap Created by Crime

This unique book is a clear and detailed introduction that analyses how restorative justice nurtures empathy, exploring key themes such as responsibility, shame, forgiveness and closure. Using case studies, the book offers a fresh angle on a topic that is of growing interest both in the UK and internationally.

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Legalising drugs

Debates and dilemmas

This timely book explores the debates surrounding the legalisation of drugs, examining the alternatives and their implications for individuals and society. It will be essential reading for students and academics in criminology, sociology and social policy, as well as policy makers, practitioners and the general public.

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The Purpose of Planning

Creating Sustainable Towns and Cities

Planning is an important aspect of policy making. This book looks at a range of issues to unlock the purpose of planning, ideal for students and practitioners alike.

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For Youth Workers and Youth Work

Speaking Out for a Better Future

This unique and passionate book calls for a cultural revolution within youth work. Doug Nicholls draws on the best of youth work's past to redesign the youth work map for today. No student or practitioner should miss it.

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