Synopses & Reviews
Adult social care has emerged as a distinct policy area in the UK that has come under increasing scrutiny by the government. With the expectation that many more adults will need care and support in the near future, many policy makers have argued for a transformation of adult care. The focus of this wideranging book is on the major themes in the policies governing the provision of adult care. It is one of the first books to deal with adult social care as a distinct entity, providing up-to-date information on contemporary government policies, debates, and research. The book encourages readers to think critically about decisions being made and about the direction of future initiatives.
“A clear, comprehensive sweep of the key issues, influences and dynamics in contemporary adult social care across the UK, making it an ideal introductory text for students and practitioners in both social care and health.”
This valuable analysis of social work operating in a divided society within very different organisational structures has important implications for practice elsewhere. Jeremy Harbison, Chair, NI Social Care Council 2001-2010
Professors Heenan and Birrell have undertaken a unique analysis of the key themes underpinning Social Work in N.Ireland. Their work heralds a new understanding of significant policy which has influenced service provision. A highly recommended core text. Mary McColgan, Professor of Social Work, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster
Students will benefit from this text in terms of how it relates to the policy-driven agenda. It will also be useful for youth work students in terms of comparing two related professions. Tony Morgan, University of Ulster
Even among so-called devolution experts how many of us have really engaged in detail with recent policy developments in all three systems? Derek Birrell has done an immense service by showing us how the British welfare state as a whole can learn from the adaptations and divergences that devolution has brought. Richard Parry, Reader in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
This short book packs in an enormous amount of information and is the bestanalysis so far of social policy and devolution across the United Kingdom.Like many of the best books, its greatest achievement is perhaps to show howmuch work remains to be done. Michael Keating in Social Policy and Administration
Written in an accessible style, this book highlights the distinctive aspects of social work policy and practice in Northern Ireland.It will be essential reading for academics and students of social work and social policy in Northern Ireland and a valuable resource for practitioners and policy makers.
With new devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this book provides a study of developments in the major areas of social policy and a full comparison between the four UK nations.
About the Author
Ann Marie Gray is a senior lecturer in social policy at the University of Ulster and policy director of Access Research Knowledge.Derek Birrell is professor of social policy at the University of Ulster.
Table of Contents
List of boxes, tables and figures
List of abbreviations
2. History of adult social care
3. Contemporary issues in adult social care
4. Governance of adult social care
5. Personalisation in adult social care
6. Integration of health and social care
7. Unpaid carers and adult social care provision
8. The paid adult social care workforce
9. Public and user involvement
10. Regulatory frameworks, inspection and safeguarding