Health and social care reforms and cuts in services and finances are part of the everyday fabric of the social work landscape. This book takes a critical approach to the transformation agenda and the implications for adult health and social care.
Fully informed by theory, research, policy and legislation the book uses a problem-based learning approach through the application of case studies to explain and explore the overlapping roles of social care and social policy.
The book argues for the continued significance and importance of social work within the context of adult social care. It shows that social work can make a difference in the lives and experiences of many of the people who are perceived as being the most vulnerable people in society.
This text is essential reading for students of social work and social policy, health and social care courses and other professional disciplines, social work educators and practitioners, and managers working in social care.
"Confronted by the spectre of a hollowed-out social work, Lymbery and Postle interrogate the rhetoric and promises of community care and personalisation. Their response is both insightful and authentic." Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University, Australia
"Lymbery and Postle’s book is a valuable contribution to the growing body of critical literature on austerity-driven personalisation and a reminder of the importance of good social work. It deserves to be widely read." Iain Ferguson, University of the West of Scotland, UK
“A timely critique of adult social work services that are in crisis and under attack. Providing up-to-date knowledge, it is a must for today’s students.” Jonathan Parker, Bournemouth University
''An excellent introduction for social workers who are new to the policy developments in adult social care in the UK'' British Journal of Social Work
Part 1: The Development of Policy;
Community Care: Origins and Influences;
The Transformation of Social Care: the personalisation agenda;
Themes and Continuities;
Part 2: The Degradation of Social Work;
The Primacy of Resources in Shaping Policy;
Assessment and Decision-Making;
Part 3: The Reconstruction of Social Work;
Reasserting the Importance of Social Work Values;
Issues for Practice;