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Scotland has changed, politically and culturally, in recent years, with persistent demands for independence culminating in a referendum in 2014. On this fluid political landscape, social welfare can be co-opted towards a wider ‘nation-building’ project. As a result, social work in Scotland is increasingly divergent from the rest of the…
Closer integration of health and social care services, with the aim of ending the historic divide between the NHS and social services, has been the goal of successive governments for decades. The rationale has been widely accepted – service improvement, a holistic approach, better use of resources and meeting the…
A new book, written by two academics at the University of Worcester, aims to encourage social workers to get back to the ‘personal’ touch. Social work has become increasingly depersonalised in an era of managerialism and performance management, with many aspects of what were once known as the ‘personal social…
A social enterprise has published a book and related pack specifically designed for Welsh-speaking people with dementia. Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land Of My Fathers), which is written in Welsh but has English subtitles, is a pack containing a 64-page book, a DVD and postcards in Welsh and has been…
‌Old age can be a challenge, confronting people with profound changes that include the loss of loved ones, failing health and the looming end of their own lives. Can the experience be eased by mental health practitioners who use therapeutic techniques associated with “spirituality”? The issue is explored by two…
A new book by Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR) and University of Stirling criminologist Dr Hannah Graham has been hailed as “a truly remarkable achievement” and an “important contribution to the recovery and desistance literature”. Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery reveals compelling differences between official and…
AM I AUTISTIC? is a new style of self-help book for the UK and US market which takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to autism self-diagnosis and also looks at the wider cultural issues that affect autistic people. Originally launched in April 2015 as a digital-only title, the AM…
In the field of learning difficulties there has been a revolution in professional understanding and user aspirations towards delivery of services. Institutional models no longer prevail; language, attitudes and practices have been transformed. Full of up-to-date case studies, practice examples and points for reflection, this exciting textbook explores how to…
In Offending and Desistance, Beth Weaver examines the role of a co-offending peer group in shaping and influencing offending and desistance, focusing on three phases of their criminal careers: onset, persistence and desistance. While there is consensus across the body of desistance research that social relations have a role to…
Mental Health Today... And Tomorrow is a forward-thinking, multi-author handbook that marks a turning point in UK mental health theory, policy and practice and explores a wide range of current and future trends in mental health care, looking at the whole lifespan from approaches to children and young people and…
A University of West London (UWL) academic has published two new textbooks about learning disability nursing practice. Professor Bob Gates from INSPIRE at UWL, has worked with colleagues and people with learning disabilities in the sector to develop these important new learning resources. Learning Disability Nursing at a Glance is…
A leading contributor to the advances in best practice in dementia care over recent years, Caroline Baker has launched a new book, “Developing Excellent Care for People Living with Dementia in Care Homes.” The book highlights the principles, practice and positive outcomes of the specialist dementia care programme that she…
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