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Education is at the heart of our mission to make a difference. Our goal is to support students’ learning with materials that foster understanding, confidence and skills.

We have a diverse and growing programme of textbooks and learning resources that are designed for Social Science courses at university and college level. We take pride in publishing quality content at affordable prices, and we cater to a wide range of learning styles in print and digital formats.

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The Short Guide to Town and Country Planning

This short offers an introductory overview of the practice of planning for those with little or no prior knowledge, considering the processes of development and looking at current and future pressures, dynamics and challenges.

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Understanding the Mixed Economy of Welfare

Edited by Martin Powell

This updated edition, written by social policy and welfare experts, shows how the mixed economy of welfare links with the important conceptual and policy debates.

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Evidence Based Policing

An Introduction

Examining what makes something evidence-based and not merely evidence-informed, this book unifies the voices of police practitioners, academics, and pracademics. It provides real world examples of evidence-based police practices and how police research can be created and applied in the field.

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Research Ethics in the Real World

Euro-Western and Indigenous Perspectives

Research Ethics in the Real World highlights the links between research ethics and individual, social, professional, institutional, and political ethics. Helen Kara considers all stages of the research process and provides guidance for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods researchers about how to act ethically throughout.

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Understanding Brexit

A Concise Introduction

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Social Policy First Hand

An International Introduction to Participatory Social Welfare

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision.

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Children and Young People's Worlds

This substantially updated new edition sets out the contexts of children's and young people’s lives and encourages students to explore their complexities and contexts. Each chapter challenges students’ assumptions and examines crucial issues in the field, such as participation, race, and transnational childhoods.

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Social Work and Social Theory

Making Connections

This book imaginatively explores ways in which practitioners and social work educators might develop more critical and radical ways of theorising and working. It is an invaluable resource for students and contains features such as Reflection Boxes and Talk Boxes to encourage classroom and workplace discussions.

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Exploring Welfare Debates

Key Concepts and Questions

Visually and pedagogically rich, this wide-ranging introduction to key concepts and debates in welfare uses an innovative, question-based narrative to highlight the importance of theory to understanding welfare.

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Miscarriages of Justice

Causes, Consequences and Remedies

It is crucial for criminal justice practitioners to understand miscarriages of justice. This text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of miscarriages of justice, highlighting difficulties in defining them, examining their dimensions, forms, scale and impact and exploring key cases and their causes.

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Understanding Social Security

Issues for Policy and Practice

The political and economic landscape of UK social security provision has changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis. This fully revised, restructured and updated 3rd edition of a go-to text book covers all the key policy changes and their implications since the elections of 2010 and 2015.

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Communicating and Engaging with Children and Young People

Making a Difference

This bestselling, practice-focussed textbook will equip students and practitioners with the critical thinking and tools needed for effective practice in order to promote the welfare, protection and rights of children and young people.

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