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Social welfare & social services

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Homelessness, Social Exclusion and Health Global perspectives, local solutions

Homelessness, Social Exclusion and Health Global perspectives, local solutions

Author: Fiona Cuthill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2019

In a globalised world, the wealthy elite and the rough sleeper negotiate the same streets, jostling for space in the doorways of shops selling luxury goods, thus the winners and losers of global capitalism meet in the same urban spaces. While the visibility of rough sleepers has become a shorthand to frame poverty and inequality, homelessness is not confined to the doorways of cities. It is experienced in a multitude of different ways: as single homeless people living in hostels, shelters and temporary supported accommodation, as those `sofa-surfing' and living in overcrowded accommodation and as those who are termed `statutory homeless', waiting for a house from a social housing provider. Homelessness is recognised as a multi-dimensional phenomenon. The issue of homelessness and social exclusion has received increasing attention in the wider arena of health and social care policy and practice, the issue of homelessness and health has been the focus of recent Public Health attention in Scotland. Positioned within a health inequalities framework, homelessness is understood to be `both a consequence and a cause of poverty, social and health inequality'. Homeless people experience poorer physical and mental health than the general population and present a higher prevalence of physical, mental and substance misuse issues. The main aim of this book is to support readers wishing to understand issues of homelessness, social exclusion and health at a local level but to do so by framing these issues in a global context. It expands notions of health by drawing on disciplines outside the fields of housing and health to better comprehend the ways that stigma, identity and urban geographies shape, frame and present homelessness, especially for those who are rough sleeping.

The Dynamics of Care Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care

The Dynamics of Care Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care

Author: Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2019

This book describes numerous projects which shed light on some of the most persistent issues of the day in health and social care. The work demonstrates the importance of embedding the concept of flow into everyday health and social care thinking and creates insights into patient journeys through different conditions and treatments. It suggests that improving throughput across agencies is the key way to improving the performance of health treatment, whereas increasing capacity is the key way to improving the performance of social care by retaining independent living. The authors conclude that for state-provided care, balancing health and social care provision can eliminate the many stressful fire-fighting strategies hospitals have to undertake when faced with high demands, and this is a win-win scenario in terms of patients, staff and costs. Further, that there is a need for better understanding of the dynamics of population ageing, the dynamics of health conditions and the provision of better, integrated information systems. The book will be a valuable resource for practitioners, clinicians, managers and academics in health, social work, public health and public policy in many countries. In this important book Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie bring two lifetimes of award-winning experience in applying system dynamics to improving our very clinically advanced but often dysfunctional care systems.- David F. Andersen, O'Leary Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany, USA. Health and social care suffer from some persistent and serious problems which not only undermine well intended care but also impose considerable costs in many societies. This very welcome and exceptional book offers the hope of sound and sustainable solutions to many of these issues. - Kim Warren, Strategy Dynamics, London, UK

Local Policies and the European Social Fund Employment Policies Across Europe

Local Policies and the European Social Fund Employment Policies Across Europe

Author: Katharina Zimmermann Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2019

Comparing data from 18 local case studies across 6 European countries, and deploying an innovative mixed-method approach, this book presents comparative evidence on everyday challenges in the context of the European Social Fund (ESF) and discusses how these findings are applicable to other funding schemes.

Market-Based Health Care All Myth, No Reality

Market-Based Health Care All Myth, No Reality

Market-Based Health Care will define for students the challenges, arguments and politics behind the concept of consumer-driven health care including what it would look like if the business sector would do a better job of organizing our health care arrangements and remove any governmental components built into the system. As a sociologist interested in health care, Budrys focuses on the impact our health care arrangements have on not just an economic level but how they affect people as well. This is an overwhelmingly complex topic and debate and one that is discussed widely in the classroom. This will be the first text to clearly present the market-based health care model and how doctors, medical insurance and big pharma play a role in its development.

Market-Based Health Care All Myth, No Reality

Market-Based Health Care All Myth, No Reality

Author: Grace, PhD, Professor Emerita, Sociology and MPH Program, DePaul University Budrys Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Market-Based Health Care will define for students the challenges, arguments and politics behind the concept of consumer-driven health care including what it would look like if the business sector would do a better job of organizing our health care arrangements and remove any governmental components built into the system. As a sociologist interested in health care, Budrys focuses on the impact our health care arrangements have on not just an economic level but how they affect people as well. This is an overwhelmingly complex topic and debate and one that is discussed widely in the classroom. This will be the first text to clearly present the market-based health care model and how doctors, medical insurance and big pharma play a role in its development.

Parents, Poverty and the State 20 Years of Evolving Family Policy

Parents, Poverty and the State 20 Years of Evolving Family Policy

Author: Naomi Eisenstadt, Carey Oppenheim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2019

Naomi Eisenstadt and Carey Oppenheim explore the radical changes in public attitudes and public policy concerning parents and parenting. Drawing on research and their extensive experience of working at senior levels of government, they argue convincingly that a more joined-up approach is needed to improve outcomes for children: both reducing child poverty and improving parental capacity by providing better support systems.

International Perspectives on Social Work and Political Conflict

International Perspectives on Social Work and Political Conflict

Author: Joe (Queen's University Belfast, UK) Duffy Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

International Perspectives on Social Work and Political Conflict provides an important basis for readers to recognise and understand the unique and specialist role that social workers have played and continue to play in international contexts of political conflict. Social workers make an important contribution in these difficult and sometimes dangerous situations across all continents. This book highlights the importance of social work in these very challenging contexts. The first part of this book includes four chapters that summarise the existing knowledge base. The second part focuses on a case study of Northern Ireland where, for the first time, a detailed examination of the social work role was completed which involved researching the views of social work practitioners, managers and educators. Part three then draws together international experts in the field who have written chapters on those regions where social workers have been dealing with long standing periods of political conflict. At a time when violent conflagrations are currently a feature of many countries and regions across the continents of the world, this book offers a critical view of the social work role in these contexts and should thus be considered essential reading for all social work academics, students and professionals working in conflict-affected societies.

Innovation in Social Services A Systematizing Overview based on the EU Research Platform INNOSERV

Innovation in Social Services A Systematizing Overview based on the EU Research Platform INNOSERV

Author: Andreas Langer, Johannes Eurich, Tom Kenter, Simon Guntner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2019

Across Europe, there is an intense search for new and sustainable approaches to providing welfare. Demographic change, new social risks and other factors call for new ideas to maintain and enhance the performance and quality of social services and to enable the participation of all citizens in an inclusive society. Against this background, and based on the findings of the EU research platform INNOSERV and empirically obtained research results from text and video material, this book provides insights into current approaches and practices to improve and transform social services.

The Moral Economy of Activation Ideas, Politics and Policies

The Moral Economy of Activation Ideas, Politics and Policies

Author: Magnus Paulsen Hansen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Activation policies which promote and enforce labour market participation continue to proliferate in Europe and constitute the reform blueprint from centre-left to centre-right, as well as for most international organizations. By rethinking the role of ideas and morality in policy changes, this book illustrates how the moral economy of activation leads to a permanent behaviourist testing of the unemployed in public debate as well as in local jobcentres.

The Divisive State of Social Policy The `Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity

The Divisive State of Social Policy The `Bedroom Tax', Austerity and Housing Insecurity

Author: Kelly Bogue Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The Divisive State of Social Policy reviews one of the most contentious aspects of UK austerity politics: the `Bedroom Tax'. Combining detailed policy analysis with personal stories from one housing estate, the book traces the links between Housing Benefit reforms and inequality, and examines how the Tax has contributed to housing insecurity, poverty and damage to social networks.

Doing Social Problems

Doing Social Problems

Author: Steven Dandaneau, Harry Dahms Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2019