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Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in a Devolved Wales 2nd Edition

Edited by Charlotte Williams / 978-1-86178-087-4 / Paperback/October 2011

Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in a Devolved Wales 2nd Edition


Devolution in Wales has come of age. It has had profound  impacts on policy directions, on how social welfare practitioners are  trained and carry out their work and on wider issues of national identity  that affect the social relations of welfare. This text critically engages  with the impact of devolution on welfare practice in one of the devolved  nations of the UK. 

In this second  edition leading academics in the field outline and review the policy  framework and political philosophy and values underpinning core areas of  welfare practice. They reflect on over a decade of devolution and assess  developments across key themes such as governance, rurality, equality and  social justice and language sensitive practice and key service areas such as  health, child welfare and child poverty, youth policy, social work and Adult  services. 

The first edition of this text was welcomed as 'a must read..for  any practitioner working in or considering working in Wales' Practice  2009

This text provides a theoretically grounded and critical examination of the welfare framework in Wales and significantly adds to an important and growing literature on devolution
Professor Neil Thompson, DLitt, Avenue Consulting

Social Policy for  Social Welfare Practice responds to the need for students,  practitioners and other policy actors in Wales to be attentive to and  involved in the development of indigenous policy making and shaping. There  is little doubt that welfare regimes across the UK are diverging in  significant ways and the responsibility  for social welfare  practitioners to engage proactively and critically with policy development  in ways that bring real benefits to service users continues to grow. 

This book provides an important overview of key social policy issues and themes and debates that impact on the practice arena in Wales. As such it makes an excellent contribution to a growing literature that critically engages with social service delivery under devolution and provides an important resource for students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners in Wales
Professor Andy Pithouse, Cardiff University

Charlotte Williams OBE is Professor of Social Work and Social  Justice at Keele University. She has been in social work education for over  twenty five years and has researched and published widely on race and  ethnicity in welfare practice and on social policy issues in the context of  devolution.



List of tables, figures and boxes
List of abbreviations  
Notes on contributors

SECTION ONE: Understanding Devolution
What is Wales?
Charlotte Williams
Governance and Social Policy in a Devolved Wales
Mark Drakeford and Lee Gregory
Post-Devolution Health Policy in Wales
Michael Sullivan and Mark Drakeford
SECTION TWO: Key Themes in Service Delivery
From the Margins to the Centre: Language-sensitive Practice and Social Welfare
Elaine Davies
Child Poverty in Wales – A Failed Promise?
Anne Crowley
Reaching Rural Areas: Social Services in the Welsh Countryside
Richard Pugh
Equalities and Social Justice in a Devolved Wales
Charlotte Williams

SECTION THREE: Service Delivery Areas
Children’s Policy in Wales
Ian Butler
Youth Policy and Youth Justice in Wales
Jayne Neal
Social Services for Adults in Wales
Hefin Gwilym
Social Work in a Devolved Wales  
Charlotte Williams