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Social work, poverty and social exclusion

Social work, poverty and social exclusion

Backwith, Dave, author

This volume relates poverty and social exclusion to social work practice in the UK, offering a fresh approach to the challenges social workers face in helping clients out of poverty. Beginning by examining the challenges posed by growing poverty set against cuts in services and tightening eligibility criteria, it argues that the impact social exclusion and poverty has on service users' lives requires social workers to gain a greater awareness of both concepts and their relationship to social work practice. It then considers a range of topical issues, from the role poverty plays in child protection issues and inequalities in health to the dilemmas social workers face in working with asylum seekers, focusing on what they can do in their practice to address social exclusion

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Published Maidenhead, Berkshire : Open University Press 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Dave Backwith
ISBN: 0335245862, 9780335245857, 9780335245864
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (190 pages)
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Health and Social Welfare Ser.
Subject: Marginality, Social.; Poor Social aspects Great Britain.; Public welfare Great Britain.; Poor Social aspects.; Social service.; Social workers.; Marginality, Social Great Britain.; Social workers Great Britain.; Poverty Social aspects.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Social Services & Welfare.; Public welfare.; Great Britain.; Social service Great Britain.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Human Services.; Society.; Poverty Social aspects Great Britain.
Series Title: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Health and Social Welfare Ser.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Poverty and social work
  3. Understanding social exclusion
  4. Broken Britain? The social context of poverty and social exclusion
  5. Children and families: Poverty, abuse and practice
  6. Old age: A new social divide?
  7. Mental distress, recovery and mutual aid
  8. Making space: Tackling poverty and social exclusion
  9. Conclusion: Love in a cold climate
  10. Appendix: Fair Access to Care Services (FACS) bandings.