It is essential for social work students to know about social policy, to know why studying social policy is important in the social work degree, and to understand how social policy, when implemented, has a real impact on the everyday life of vulnerable people. This book provides plenty of examples of this impact, tracing the development of welfare provision for older people right through the twentieth century, leading up to an analysis of contemporary developments, which students will need to know about in order to practice effectively.
Why Do Social Work Practitioners Need to Know About Social Policy?
Before the Welfare State: Older People in the Edwardian Era
The Creation of the Welfare State: the End of the Poor Law and a New Beginning
From State Welfare to a Mixed Economy: The Era of Community Care
The Lived Experience of Older People in Britain Today: Demographics and Diversity
Older People, Social Policy and Empowerment: More Choice, More Say?
Local and Global
Conclusion: Making Sense of Social Policy