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Applied Social Care

Third edition of this popular comprehensive introduction to all key study areas within Applied Social Care and Social Care Practice, including theoretical approaches, practice issues, social care and specific population groups.

  • New to this edition:
    • International perspectives on social care practice, drawing on experience in Ireland, Europe and North America
    • An update on the social care professional development project
    • New chapters on therapeutic approaches to social care practice, child protection, health promotion and working with juvenile offenders.

  • Provides a historical outline of social care in Ireland, with reference to key institutions, legislation and regulations.

  • Identifies theoretical bases of social care practice in psychology, sociology and social policy, and how these have evolved and developed through the interplay of theory-building, evidence-gathering, policy development and polemical debate.

  • Examines the fundamental role of ’self’ in social care practice and concepts, practices of equality and anti-oppressive practice.

  • Focuses on key practice issues, including student placement, workplace supervision, multidisciplinary teamworking and responding to challenging behaviour.

  • Examines social care practice with particular social and demographic groups - young people, older people, the homeless, those with disabilities, the Travelling community and new immigrant communities - and identifies the required skills and approaches associated with this work.

  • Endorsed by the Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE ) and by Social Care Ireland (SCI).

Suitable For:

Students of Social Care/Applied Social Studies at degree and honours degree level


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Publication Date

August 2013




Paperback, 512 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


Part I: 

  1. Understanding Social Care
    Kevin Lalor and Perry Share
  2. What is social pedagogy? A new way of working with older people in Sweden
    Mats Högström, Riita Nilsson and Per-Axel Hallstedt with Perry Share
  3. The practice of child and youth care in North America
    Grant Charles and Thom Garfat
  4. Social care practice, professionalism and post-professionalism
    Perry Share

Part II: 

      5. Psychological theories of child development
          Áine de Róiste
      6. Equality: a challenge to social care
          Majella Mulkeen
      7. Learn about your 'self' before you work with others
          Denise Lyons
      8. Gender, sexuality and social care
          Jacqueline O'Toole
      9. Evidence-based practice in social care
          Tom Farrelly
    10. Therapeutic social care pra


234 x 157 mm


Edited by Kevin Lalor and Perry Share

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Kevin Lalor, PhD, is Head of School of Social Sciences and Law at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is editor of the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies and co-author of Young People in Contemporary Ireland.

Perry Share, PhD, is Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Technology Sligo. He is a founder member of the Irish Association of Social Care Educators and Research Associate of the Irish Social Science Platform. He is co-author of A Sociology of Ireland.

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