Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Social Work with Older People

5th edition
By Mo Ray and Judith Phillips

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Revised to emphasise the current policy drive towards personalisation and service user participation in care management, the new edition of Social Work with Older People remains an insightful introductory text.

Deliberately taking a critical approach to guide readers to consider stereotypes of aging and work with older people, the new edition presents fundamental knowledge alongside thought-provoking and challenging debates. It offers a new chapter on safeguarding and has been updated to reflect current course requirements:
  • Part I introduces the theory, policy and legislation which influences social work contexts
  • Part II identifies core elements of practice, for effective interviewing, assessment, planning and intervention
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Like the previous editions of this text, this newly updated version remains highly relevant as core reading for students on undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses and social work practitioners. The content is comprehensive, integrating relevant policy, theory and research throughout the chapters. I would anticipate that this book will be as widely read and respected as previous editions. -Denise Tanner, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham, UK
I will be confidently recommending this text to students, as has been the case with its predecessors. This includes students on qualifying courses both in the final year of their degree and at post-graduate level. I believe that there is sufficient criticality to merit study at the higher academic level, while the focus on the value of social work ensures that the book is important for all students in qualification. -Mark Lymbery, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham, UK
Endorsements of the previous edition:
[A] scholarly, well founded book that makes the case for the importance of social work with older people. -Ageing & Society
Highly recommended to students and practitioners...a wide-ranging and interest-sparking book... -British Journal of Social Work

Author Biographies

Mo Ray is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University, UK. She teaches on both the BA and MA social work course and is part of the Active Ageing Project, developing CPD and education in ageing. She is an experienced practitioner and manager and remains a registered social worker.

Judith Phillips is Professor of Gerontology and Social Work at Swansea University, UK. She has worked in social work practice, teaching and research, focusing on older people and ageing issues.