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Social Work with Adults

Social Work with Adults

October 2015 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
Social work with vulnerable adults is becoming increasingly centred on a key piece of legislation: the Mental Capacity Act. The Act provides a framework for protecting the vulnerable while allowing those who may lack capacity to have certain safeguards enshrined in law.

This book will help support students to learn two things: first, how the Mental Capacity Act operates and what its key principles are when applied to safeguarding adults; and second, what are the compassionate skills and values that need to be interwoven with legislative knowledge? The authors show how these two principles interact and inform one another and how taking a person-centred approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults will mean better outcomes for the individual and our wider society.
Ethics and Vulnerability: Service Users and Social Workers
Decision Making in Work with Vulnerable Adults
Mental Capacity
Best Interests
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
Adults at Risk
Personalisation and Partnership Working
The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment
Appendix 1: Professional Capabilities Framework

Good up to date overview of key issues, debates and developments in adults social work.

Dr Harriet Churchill
Department Of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
November 20, 2016

Thorough up to date text book for students or practitioners working with adults

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
November 2, 2016

A welcomed new text that covers key areas for Adult SW practice – good for assessed practice placements and practice - based modular teaching. The book has been written by a competent SW team of practitioner academics (as I’m currently an external examiner for Lincoln BSc SW programme).

I liked the increment nature of the book esp. important chapters on Mental Capacity and Best Interests (chapter 4 & 5). I was also grateful to see chapter 6 which concisely captured both the practice and ethical issues of DOLS which is often hard to convey to students in teaching so appreciate the applied case study activities.

Chapter 7 will also be useful for Safeguarding teaching (now a combined child and adult module for our MA & BA programmes). I like the inclusion of chapter 8 as personalisation is an area of research and writing interest for mine. The inclusion of chapter 9 (ASYE) was also good to broaden the appeal of this text book for both students, SW educators and practice educators.

Unfortunately, since SW curriculum reforms specialised applied Adult SW modules have since been merged into generic modules so I feel the importance and profile of Adult SW is being ‘diluted’ and lost so hopefully this text will continue to raise the fundamental importance of SW practice with Adults.

I suppose my only comment / observation – it would have been good to have had either as a theme throughout or a bespoke chapter on the Care Act 2014 principles and practices for Adult SW practice but appreciate this was text was probably written before the Act become enacted as this would have further strengthened it further in terms of readership / modular application and longevity.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work Bishop Otter, Chichester University
July 30, 2016

This book will help students to identify and consider how to apply the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 when working to safeguard adults.

The case studies, reflective questions and practice learning points help the student to consolidate their knowledge and skills to work effectively with adults.

It enables the student to apply theoretical principles, professional values and skills and how this relates to everyday practice.

A good starting point for working with adults.

School of Human Sciences, Swansea University
February 19, 2016

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