Adult social care in Britain has been at the centre of much media and
public attention in recent years. Revelations of horrific abuse in
learning disability settings, the collapse of major private care home
providers, abject failures of inspection and regulation, and uncertainty
over how long-term care of older people should be funded have all given
rise to serious public concern. In this short form book, part of the
Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work series, Iain Ferguson and
Michael Lavalette give an historical overview of adult social care.
The roots of the current crisis are located in the under-valuing of older people and adults with disabilities and in the marketisation of social care over the past two decades. The authors critically examine recent developments in social work with adults, including the personalisation agenda, and the prospects for adult social care and social work in a context of seemingly never-ending austerity.
Adult Social Care - Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work
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