Policy and practice

Policy Press publishes policy review and polemic books that aim to challenge policy for, or thinking about, a certain field of policy or practice as well as books aimed at a practice audience. These books are written in an accessible style whilst being academically sound and appropriately referenced.

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Developing locally

An international comparison of local and regional economic development

Throughout the developed world governments have invested substantial sums in local and regional economic development. This is the first book to provide a cross-national comparison and evaluation of regional development strategies, institutions and agencies.

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Poverty Street

The dynamics of neighbourhood decline and renewal

Poverty street addresses one of the UK's major social policy concerns: the gap between the poorest neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. It is an account of neighbourhood decline, a portrait of conditions in the most disadvantaged areas and an up-to-date analysis of the impact of the government's neighbourhood renewal policies.

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Child protection and mental health services

Interprofessional responses to the needs of mothers

This book examines interprofessional work with families in which mothers have a mental health problem and where there are also concerns about child protection. Breakdowns in interprofessional collaboration, issues of risk and resources are all addressed. Mothers' views and experiences are contrasted with professional perspectives.

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Housing associations - rehousing women leaving domestic violence

New challenges and good practice

This study critically examines the role of housing associations in responding to the needs of women who have become homeless due to domestic violence.

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Social alarms to telecare

Older people's services in transition

Social policy agendas have generally failed to take account of the actual or potential role played by social alarms and telecare.

This book draws on research and practice throughout the developed world. It documents the emergence of these important technologies and considers their potential in healthcare, social welfare and housing.

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East Enders

Family and community in East London

This moving book about the lives of families in London's East End gives important new insights into neighbourhood relations (including race relations), through the eyes of the local community. Using an up-to-date account of life in East London, the authors illustrate how cities faced with neighbourhoods in decline are changing.

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Disabled people and European human rights

A review of the implications of the 1998 Human Rights Act for disabled children and adults in the UK

In the year 2000, the Human Rights Act 1998 came into force. This book reviews the implications of the Act for disabled people.

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Leading change

A guide to whole systems working

Policy makers have become reliant on mechanistic top-down audit and inspection regimes as the means of implementing public service reforms. This book sets out to redress the balance. It outlines the theory behind whole systems development and gives good practice guidance on how to effectively develop 'systems' to improve joined-up working.

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At what cost?

The economics of Gypsy and Traveller encampments

This book presents the findings of a comprehensive study by the Traveller Law Research Unit at Cardiff Law School of the costs associated with unauthorised encampments.

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Social work and direct payments

This book summarises and builds on current knowledge and research about direct payments in the UK and considers developments in other European countries. It identifies good practice in the area and explores the implications of direct payments, both for service users and for social work staff.

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Communication and health in a multi-ethnic society

This book provides a rigorous and challenging review of recent research in the realms of communication and cultural diversity. Focusing on health communication interventions concerning service users who may lack fluency in English, it shows that meeting the needs of all health service users depends on both structures and processes of communication.

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A right result?

Advocacy, justice and empowerment

As the prospect of a legal right to advocacy inches closer, so the need to scrutinise its key values and practices becomes urgent. Although widely acclaimed as a 'good thing', there is little agreement as to how advocacy should be implemented, funded or evaluated. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the benefits of advocacy.

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