Citizenship Social Work with Older People

Author: Payne, Malcolm


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  • ISBN: 9781447301271
  • Author: Payne, Malcolm
  • Publ Date: 2012-02-01
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 208
  • Imprint: POLICY PRESS **
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 13939

Table of Contents :

Introduction; Exploring ageing and older people's lives; Integrating older people and their services; Social provision for older people; Social work skills with older people; Critical practice with older people; Creative practice with older people; Group and macro practice with older people; Social exclusion issues.


Social work and social care services should treat older people as citizens with the same humanity and rights as every other citizen. That means services of all kinds engaging older people in a fulfilling, creative life in the mainstream of each community. Informed by a wide international literature, Malcolm Payne, a leading social work author, develops a critical and creative social work practice focused on social inclusion to achieve a high quality of life for all older people and explores how advance care planning allows older people to influence the space they live in and the quality of care that they need, and support at the end of life. He shows how integrated services can provide a secure place for older people, with opportunities for personal development and creativity in their lives and that groupwork should be a crucial part of any service to facilitate mutual support and advocacy for older people and their carers. This clearly written and well-structured textbook uses case examples and reflective points to illustrate concepts and will be essential reading for all social work students.


"Articulate, informed and critical, this book will be a good read for student and practicing social workers. Malcolm Payne has empathy with his subject but not sentimentality. His case studies are reflective and readable." --Jill Manthorpe, Research King's College London. "This comprehensive, optimistic and engaging book is an invaluable resource. Using thought-provoking case studies and reflective pauses, Malcolm Payne challenges ageist practice, giving helpful pointers for creative, critical practice at individual and community levels." --Karen Postle, Independent Practice Educator. "This book strikes a new chord in social work. The approach will engage many different people. Pause and reflect breaks make the text both accessible and meaningful." --Jan Fook, Dalhousie University, Canada "It provides a stimulating and broad international perspective on a range of ideas and services relevant to citizens of an older generation." Janet Bardsley, Journal of Ageing and Society; "It is refreshing to read a book for social work practitioners that does more than explain contextual policies and values but also suggests strategies for effective practice (including psychodynamic approaches) that practitioners can readily adopt." European Journal of Social Work.

Author Biography:

Malcolm Payne is Policy and Development Adviser, St Christopher's Hospice, London and honorary or visiting professor at Kingston University/St George's University of London and Opole University, Poland, and formerly head of applied community studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. He many years experience of working with older people. He is author of many books and articles on social work and healthcare including (with Margaret Reith) Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care and Humanistic Social Work.


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