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Unit information: Personal Welfare Services in 2014/15

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Unit name Personal Welfare Services
Unit code SPOL30053
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Cameron
Open unit status Open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit focuses on the provision of personal social services and the political, social and economic values that underlie policies in this field. Key concepts considered include need, risk, care and dependency. Students will consider trends and developments in social care, including the development of the mixed economy of provision as well as the personalisation agenda, and the implications of these developments for different groups of service users. Key themes discussed in this unit include how services are financed; what role the private sector should play in the provision of social care and who should assess an individuals need for services. The unit aims to provide students with a critical appreciation of contemporary debates about how and why personal social care services are delivered in their current configuration.

Reading and References

  • Baldock, J. Mitton, L., Manning, N., and Vickerstaff , S. (2012) Social Policy 4th Edn Chaps. 13 and 14
  • Duffy, S., Waters, J., Glasby, J. (2010) Personalisation and adult social care: options for the reform of public services. Policy & Politics. 38(4)493-508
  • Ferguson, I. (2007) Increasing User Choice or Privatising Risk? The Antinomies of Perzonalisation. British Journal of Social Work. 37:387-403
  • Means, R., Richards, S., Smith, R. (2008) Community care : policy and practice. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Needham, C. (2011) Personalising Public Services: understanding the personalization narrative. Bristol, Policy Press