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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2007): Social care - UK

Anti-oppressive practice: social care and the law. 2nd ed.

J. Dalrymple and B. Burke

Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2006

The book examines the issues of power and oppression and how the law can be used to inform the development of anti-oppressive practice in social care. By weaving together the threads of anti-oppressive practice and the principles which inform legislation used in the delivery of services in the social care field, the book points the way to a new practice that is empowering to service users and liberating for practitioners. Some key questions are explored:

  • How is anti-oppressive practice relevant in contemporary practice?
  • How can the law be used as an empowering tool?
  • How can the law be used to develop and inform anti-oppressive practice?

Finding the time

L. Revans

Community Care, Apr. 26th 2007, p. 18-20

A survey of over 1,000 social workers has shown that three-quarters spend more than 40% of their time on administrative work, including more than one-third who spend 60% of their working lives on administration. Consequently, one in four is actively thinking of leaving the profession. This article looks at how IT can be used to reduce paperwork.

Food for thought

N. Bateman

There is a growing faith-based charity movement in the UK providing food parcels and free meals to the poor. They support many ordinary benefits claimants faced with delays in receiving payments, as well as destitute failed asylum seekers and rough sleepers.

Good news! The public likes you

L. Revans

Community Care, May 3rd 2007, p. 18-20

An independent telephone survey of 1,000 members of the public has shown that 93% of respondents think that social workers make an important contribution to society. Two-thirds said they would trust social workers to help their families. This growing appreciation of social workers may be explained by the fact that, as the population ages, more people have direct contact with social services. The profession needs to reinforce its improved image through on-going positive media coverage.

He transformed social care…

M. Ivory

Community Care, May 10th 2007, p. 18-20

As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, this paper considers the impact of his reforms on social care, covering the move toward individual budgets and direct payments, the eradication of child poverty, and home care for the frail elderly.

Helping carers back to work

M. Hunter

Community Care, May 17th 2007, p. 18-20

Of the six million people in the UK who care for an older or disabled relative, 80% are of working age, but only about half manage to combine caring with a paid job. This is not because being a carer is incompatible with having a career, but because employers have been unwilling to allow carers to work flexible hours. However, under the provisions of the Work and Families Act 2006, carers now have the right to ask their employer to work flexibly. This article discusses the significance of the reform for those working in social care, a substantial minority of whom are themselves carers.

Learning to grow


Professional Social Work, May 2007, p. 14-15

The four UK regulatory councils all require registered social workers to demonstrate 90 hours or 15 days of Post-Registration Training and Learning every three years in order to keep their licence to practice. This article investigates how the councils are going to check that this requirement has been met by social workers due to renew their registration in 2007.

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