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Child welfare and social policy

An essential reader

Edited by Harry Hendrick

This book provides an essential introduction to the key concepts, issues, policies and practices affecting child welfare, with particular emphasis on the changing nature of relationships between child welfare and social policy. No other book brings together such a wide selection of material to form an indispensable teaching and learning resource.

Policy Press

A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights

This book provides succinct yet robust definitions and explanations of core concepts and themes in relation to state power, liberties and human rights. Laid out in a user-friendly A-Z format, entries have with clear direction to related entries and further reading. It will be suitable for students on a variety of courses.

Policy Press

Health inequalities

Lifecourse approaches

The lifecourse perspective on adult health and health inequalities in particular, is one of the most important recent developments in epidemiology and public health. This book brings together the work of one of the most distinguished academics in the field. It is the first to specifically take a lifecourse approach to health inequalities.

Policy Press

A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation

This is the first accessible, succinct text to provide definitions and explanations of key terms and concepts relating to the expanding field of crime, harm and victimisation. Written by a wide range of experts, it includes theories, ideas and case studies relating to victims of conventional crime and victims outside the remit of criminal law.

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Refugee Law

Defining who is a ‘refugee’ has been problematic in contemporary discourse and historically. This concise and engaging book follows the structure of the 1951 Refugee Convention to explore refugee law. Communicating important legal concepts in an approachable way, this is an essential guide for students, as well as non-specialists and non-lawyers.

Bristol Uni Press

The Peter Townsend reader

This reader brings together for the first time a collection of Peter Townsend's most distinctive work, allowing readers to review the changes that have taken place over the past six decades, and reflect on issues that have returned to the fore today.

Policy Press

The future of sustainable cities

Critical reflections

Edited by John Flint and Mike Raco

An up-to-date assessment by prominent scholars of the impacts of recent changes on key areas of urban planning, including housing, transport, and the environment, and core areas for future research.

Policy Press

Commissioning for Health and Well-Being

An Introduction

Edited by Jon Glasby

This is the first comprehensive text on commissioning for health and social care taking students, practitioners and managers through key stages of the commissioning cycle as well as addressing cross-cutting themes.

Policy Press

Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work (Second Edition)

Themes, Methods and Approaches

Policy Press

Understanding the Cost of Welfare

A substantial, authoritative, third edition of this important textbook about the impact of economic priorities and pressures on social policies at a time when neo-liberal arguments for reducing the burden of welfare are more dominant than ever before.

Policy Press

Making policy in theory and practice

Edited by Hugh Bochel and Sue Duncan

Set in the context of New Labour's emphasis on 'modernisation', and reflecting the growing emphasis on policy making as a skill, this unique book combines both academic and practitioner perspectives to provide critical consideration of contemporary policy-making and highlight examples of good practice at all levels of government.

Policy Press

Child slavery now

A contemporary reader

Edited by Gary Craig

Around 210 million children are still in slavery today. This groundbreaking book shows why they remain locked in slavery, the ways in which they are exploited and how they can be emancipated. It also reminds us that all consumers are implicated in modern childhood slavery.

Policy Press