Policy Press

Publishing with a Purpose

Health and Social Care

Policy Press has a growing list in public health and health and social care, with a range of textbooks, monographs and policy-focused books all aiming to push forward the boundaries of teaching, theory, policy and practice.

Showing 1-12 of 160 items.

Mental health social work re-imagined

This much-needed book calls for a return to mental health social work that has personal relationships and an emotional connection between workers and those experiencing distress at its core.

The short guide to health and social care

This clear and succinct text offers a valuable introductory guide to health and social care, helping people who want to study or work in the field understand why these services matter, how they have developed and how they work.

Healthcare reform in China

Experiments, Challenges and Futures

Edited by Ross Millar

This original contribution to current debate provides a theoretical, empirical and practical account of health policy in China, explaining the interaction between the institutions, interests and ideas informing China’s health policy process.

Vital bodies

Living with illness

Based on ethnographic research conducted over a year, this book tells the story of twelve people, each living with illness. Focusing on everyday life, it explores ideas of care, vulnerability and choice. Juxtaposing text with illustrations, the book highlights the intimacies of visual sociology and demonstrates the value of sensuous scholarship.

Official Secrets

Child sex abuse from Cleveland to Savile

Official Secrets reveals that the enquiry that followed the Cleveland child abuse scandal of 1987 was a cover-up. Doctors were discouraged and social workers disempowered - a legacy that leads all the way to the current Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Unaccompanied young migrants

Identity, care and justice

Exploring in depth the journeys migrant youth take through the UK legal and care systems, this book contributes new thinking, from a social justice perspective, on migration and human rights for policy, practice and future research.

Child sexual abuse: whose problem?

Reflections from Cleveland (Revised edition)

Re-issued with a new preface and concluding reflections and recommendations, this book provides an informed understanding of the Cleveland child abuse crisis of 1987 and draws links with current issues in child protection, such as historical and organised abuse.

In whose interest?

The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work

What is the social cost of privatising public services? And what effect has the failure of previous privatisations had? This book tells how social work services are now being out-sourced to private companies and how this trend threatens the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and disabled adults.

Resilience and ageing

creativity, culture and community

A multidisciplinary collection examining how cultural engagement can enhance resilience, reduce social isolation and help older people to thrive and overcome challenging life events and everyday problems associated with ageing.

Social experiences of breastfeeding

Building bridges between research, policy and practice

This edited collection brings together international academics, policy makers and practitioners to examine the social and cultural contexts of breastfeeding and looks at how policy and practice can apply this to women’s experiences.

Ageing in everyday life

Materialities and embodiments

Edited by Stephen Katz

What does it mean to age in an ageist society? Applying interdisciplinary perspectives about everyday life to vital issues in older people’s lives, this is a critical guide to inform thinking and planning our ageing futures.

Professional health regulation in the public interest

International perspectives

Bringing together leading academics worldwide, this collection compares and critically examines the ways in which different countries are regulating healthcare in general, and health professions in particular, in the interest of users and the wider public.