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A History of the Personal Social Services in England

Feast, Famine and the Future

Authors: Jones, Ray

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  • Based on over 30 interviews , as well as key papers, reports and texts published over the past 50 years
  • Contains ‘insider’ information and insights provided by interviews with 30 individuals, including some service users, directly involved in the past development and implementation of policy and practice
  • Written in a clear and straightforward manner and references the author’s own work experience, making it accessible, contextualising some of the more theoretical and analytical material
  • Published in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the advent of an integrated profession of social work in England and UK, a unified professional association for social workers, and the creation of local authority social services
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About this book

This book provides a detailed narrative and analysis of the 50-year development of the personal social services in England, located throughout the changing ideological, political and relevant professional contexts of the period.

 

Drawing on the experience and recollections of key players who were active during major moments, it constitutes a significant addition to the social work and social policy literature, synthesising important and often original evidence, and some provocative interpretations. The book speaks to crucial on-going issues and contentious current debates, such as the place of bureaucratic management structures in ‘practices with people' generally, and social work specifically.

 

It will be of interest to student and qualified social workers, social policy students and researchers, and policy makers, as well as those with a general interest in the history and trajectory of current issues facing social work and social care in England.

About the authors

Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, and a registered social worker. He has been a director of social services, chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and Deputy Chair and Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. In 2018 he received the Social Worker of the Year award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Work.’

Reviews

"This book looks set to become the definitive history of the personal social services, that fifth social service which was left out of the post-war Labour government's invention of the welfare state, and whose genesis in England and Wales was the Seebohm Report of 1968 and the 1970 Local Authority Social Services Act. (Scotland's more ambitious and earlier developments were set out in the 1966 White Paper Social Work and the Community and the Social Work (Scotland) Act of 1968.) The book presents a wealth of highly relevant detail which, far from obscuring them, serves to illuminate underlying trends and directions of travel. It is enlivened by quotations from the interviews the author conducted with people who played significant parts in key developments.” — Keith Bilton, co-founder Social Work History Network, UK

“Packed with meticulously researched detail and contemporary voices, this account by an author who has lived through the ups and downs of social services development makes for a highly readable story. Whether you dip in to check a detail, or read as am insightful historical document, you won’t be disappointed.” —June Thoburn CBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia

“A truly unique, detailed and personal account of the development of the personal social services and significant milestones encountered from Seebohm, through the Thatcherite years to current day debates about privatisation. This book documents an important period in the history of social work and will continue to be of great value to both students of social work and social policy now and in years to come.” —Louise Brown, Professor of International Social Work and Innovation, University of Bath

"This is a fascinating and instructive read. Ray's access to so many key people, and the blend of his analysis and their candid thoughts, paints a great picture of aspiration in public service whilst also detailing the destructive power of short-term thinking and political expediency." Andrew Webb, Former President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: History and Hints

    Pages 1-6

    Jones, Ray

  • Seizing the Moment: The Seebohm Committee

    Pages 9-44

    Jones, Ray

  • Scripting the Future: The Seebohm Report

    Pages 45-71

    Jones, Ray

  • Preparing the Platform: The Local Authority Social Services Bill and Act

    Pages 73-94

    Jones, Ray

  • Creating the Empires: Promise and Potential (1970–1976)

    Pages 97-128

    Jones, Ray

Buy this book

eBook 21,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-46123-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Softcover 29,11 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-46122-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of the Personal Social Services in England
Book Subtitle
Feast, Famine and the Future
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46123-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46123-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-46122-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 494
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