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Ageing, meaning and social structureConnecting critical and humanistic gerontology$
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Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300908

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.001.0001

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Critical perspectives on social work with older people

Critical perspectives on social work with older people

Chapter:
(p.139) Eight Critical perspectives on social work with older people
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Ageing, meaning and social structure
Author(s):

Mo Ray

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.003.0008

Using social work with older people as a case study, this chapter argues that the marginalisation of social work with older people in the UK effectively holds a mirror to the wider exclusion of those within this age group who use social work and personal social care services - in effect, older people with high support needs. The chapter draws on a critical perspective to highlight the complexities that are involved in contemporary, professional social work practice with older people and points to future directions in the development of a professional social work role into the future. The chapter examines, first, challenges facing social work practice with older people; second, trends in service provision; and third, developments in critical perspectives on social work with older people.

Keywords:   social work, older people, marginalisation, service provision, critical perspectives

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