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Social Work and the Transformation of Adult Social Care

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 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; Ideological Confusion; Deprofessionalisation; 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; Conclusion.

About the Author

Mark Lymbery is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He has a long-standing academic interest in the development of adult social care. Karen Postle is a Registered Social Worker and lecturer. She works as a Practice Educator for qualifying social workers and an assessor/supervisor for newly-qualified social workers. Karen has also published widely in adult social care


"Lymbery and Postle's book is a valuable contribution to the growing body of critical literature on austerity-driven personalization and a reminder of the importance of good social work. It deserves to be widely read" Iain Ferguson, Honorary Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, University of the West of Scotland. "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. "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.

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