This best selling Student's Companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to social policy in the UK. Students can use it for information, inspiration and guidance throughout their studies, from their first encounters with the subject through to advanced research or employment. Written by a distinguished team of teachers and scholars in the forefront of social policy studies, the Companion: Introduces students to the scope and structure of the subject and its relationship with other areas of study; Covers ideological concepts, the full range of policies and the issues confronted in statutory and non-statutory service management and delivery; Includes issues of gender, disability, race, nationality and migration in its discussions of policies; Provides an overview of the resources that can be drawn on while studying; Explores the application of the subject in terms of further study and career development.For the new edition, all the contributions have been updated to take account of developments in academic debate and policy. Six chapters have been added covering recent changes, including policy innovations under the Labour governments, and additional issues, such as crime and social policy. The index has also been thoroughly reworked and is much more comprehensive than in the first edition.
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