2nd Edition

Social Policy for Social Work, Social Care and the Caring Professions Scottish Perspectives

Edited By Steve J Hothersall, Janine Bolger Copyright 2021
    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This revised second edition analyses social policy in Scotland since devolution in 1999 and reflects the nascent and distinctively Scottish policy agenda. Along with updated chapters, there are two new inclusions: a chapter analysing post-devolution Scotland and a chapter on the likely impacts of Brexit on and within Scotland.

    Providing diagrams, tables and a range of activities, the book maintains an innovative and pedagogic emphasis to introduce students to a wealth of materials, ideas and practical responses to the increasingly complex and diverse situations faced by social workers and other professionals. Part 1 of the book looks at what social policy is, how and why it is made and highlights the importance of the relationship between social policy and the law. Part 2 refers to specific themes of social exclusion, poverty and (more visible for this revised edition) austerity, considering their complex and multidimensional forms and discussing the range of policies currently extant that aim to combat such disadvantage. Part 3 provides a comprehensive overview of policy for practice, considering concepts of health inequality, mental health, older people, disability, children and families, education, substance use, criminal justice, asylum and immigration and homelessness.

    This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as post-qualified professionals seeking to understand the complexities of the social policy landscape in Scotland, and its influence on social work and related forms of professional practice.

    Part 1: Context 1

    1. What is social policy?

    Steve J Hothersall

    2. A history of social policy

    Steve J Hothersall

    3. Ideology: how theories and ideas influence policy, people, welfare and practice

    Steve J Hothersall

    4. People, policy and practice

    Steve J Hothersall

    5. From devolution to Brexit

    Janine Bolger

    Part 2: Themes and issues

    6. Poverty, austerity and social exclusion

    Janine Bolger and Alice Butler-Warke

    7. Protecting people across the lifespan

    Peter Connolly and Steve J Hothersall (with Mike Maas-Lowit)

    8. Care and caring in Scotland: evolution, growth and development

    Steve J Hothersall and Valerie Gant

    9. Welfare rights

    Janine Bolger

    10. Social policy perspectives on empowerment

    Linda Harms-Smith (with Rob MacKay)

    Part 3: Policy for practice

    11. Health and health inequalities

    Janine Bolger (with Pedro Morago)

    12. Mental health

    Bill Cook (with Jackie Loxton, Mike Maas-Lowit and Rob Mackay)

    13. Social policy for social work: a gerontological perspective

    Lauren Henderson

    14. Impairment and disability

    Valerie Gant and Steve J Hothersall

    15. Children and their families

    Steve J Hothersall and Peter Connolly (with Patrick Walker)

    16. Education and training in Scotland

    Janine Bolger

    17. Substance use and social policy in Scotland: the struggle to make sense of things

    Neil Gibson (with George Allan)

    18. Social policy in the criminal justice system

    Kirstin Parkes

    19. Asylum and immigration

    Clare Hancock-Fraser

    20. Housing and homelessness

    Alastair Logan (with Pedro Morago)

    21. Conclusions: policy and practice for an uncertain world in uncertain times

    Steve J Hothersall and Janine Bolger


    Steve J Hothersall is Head of Social Work Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK.

    Janine Bolger is Head of Social Work at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.