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Local Authority Social Services: An Introduction

Michael Hill (Editor), Bob Hudson (Contributions by), Stephen Mitchell (Contributions by), Ian Shaw (Contributions by), Jane Tunstill (Contributions by)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20947-8
240 pages
September 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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This new text provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to Local Authority Social Services, the main context in which UK social work is practised .
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Contributors.



Part I: Establishing the Main Concerns of the Book.

1. What are Local Authority Social Services?.

2. Origins of the Local Authority Social Services.

3. The Contemporary Social Framework.

Part II: The Local Authority Social Services Task.

4. Child Care.

5. Adult Care.

6. Mental Health.

7. Social Services and Social Security.


Part III: Organization: Present and Future.

8. The Central and Local Government Framework.

9. Organization within Local Authorities.

10. Modernizing Social Services.

11. Conclusions: The Future of Local Authority Social Services.


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Michael Hill is currently Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was previously Professor of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is joint editor of the Journal of Social Policy and the author of numerous books including Social Policy: A Comparative Analysis (1995) and Understanding Social Policy (6th edition, 2000).

The other contributors are Bob Hudson, Principle Research Fellow in the Community Care Division at the Nuffield Institute of Health at the University of Leeds.

Stephen Mitchell, Head of the General Social Services Policy Branch in the Department of Health.

Ian Shaw, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Nottingham.

Jane Tunstill, Professor of Social Work at Royal Holloway College, University of London.
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* Up-to-date coverage of the practicalities of social service delivery.
* Covers all the personal social services and analyses the frameworks within which they operate.
* Michael Hill is author of our successful textbook, Understanding Social Policy, about to enter its sixth edition.
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"The writing is accessible, well balanced and up to date student texts is a difficult task, of which in the field of social policy Michael Hill is the incomparable past-master. Here he has spotted a gap in the market, the lack of a book covering all the manifold and rather baggy activities performed by local authority social service departments...this is a timely book."
--Tony Rees, University of Southampton

"The strength of this book lies in the quality of analysis and its ability to capture and discuss critically the impact of the government's modernization agenda. It should have a place in all departmental libraries."
-- Terry Bamford, Community Care

"This book is unique in providing a clear framework for understanding the relationship between social policy and social services, and the complex structures and roles of the different organizations involved in the operation of social services ... It is one of the few texts that provide a clear picture of how to make sense of the bureaucratic organizational structures that surround social services ... in all the book is an important text for the social worker or student in understanding the relationship between social services, local authority and the central state." (Journal of Social Work)

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